stray horse on the roadway leads to fatal accident

RAGLEY, LA (KPLC) - On Wednesday, starting at 8:11 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D investigated three crashes  involving vehicles and a horse on U.S. Highway 171 near mile post 17 in southern Beauregard Parish.  

In the first crash, a 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by 25-year-old James E. Connolly of Haskell, New Jersey, struck a stray horse on the roadway.  A passenger in his vehicle, 27-year-old Kelly A. Mahon of Cranford, New Jersey, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Connolly was transported to a Lake Charles hospital with minor injuries.  

A routine toxicology sample has been obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  Neither alcohol nor drug use are suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Two additional crashes involving the same horse occurred shortly thereafter.  No injuries were reported as a result of those crashes.

Troopers and Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were already en route to investigate a report of a loose horse when the crash occurred.  The owner of the horse has been identified and the investigation is continuing.

-Press release from the State Police

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