Police: Driver flees after hit-and-run involving a horse in Schodack

SCHODACK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Schodack police said a woman and her horse are victims of a hit-and-run.

Around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called to Pine Ridge Farm on Burden Lake Road in Schodack. Kait Kennedy, 26, reported a hit-and-run personal injury auto accident.

“I’ve definitely never made contact with a vehicle on the road with my horse before,” she said.

Kennedy said she was riding her horse Cali back to Pine Ridge Farm when a silver minivan was speeding up behind them.

“Out of the blue, he just yelled out his window, you know, ‘It’s illegal to ride on the road,’ and then got right on his horn,” Kennedy said.

Four-year-old Cali became scared and jumped into the road.

“He just didn’t have time to stop or get out of the way and hit right behind us,” Kennedy said.

While still riding her, Kennedy said Cali fell on her side and on top of her.

“Felt her kicking the car scrambling to get up,” Kennedy said. “And at that point, I was looking around and the car driving away.”

Cali was her first concern.

“That God forbid something really awful was going to be happening to her,” Kennedy said.

But Cali seemed to be okay and immediately jumped up; however, the horseshoe under her back right hoof became twisted and stuck in her foot. She also sustained an injury to her hind quarter. Kennedy came out with a bruised and swollen collar bone.

“It’s pretty lucky that both of us go out of there with just bumps and bruises,” she said.

Now, Kennedy is looking forward to the day when she and Cali can compete again.

“Riding’s always been a part of my life,” she said. “I’ve been competing my whole life and glad to continue to do so.”

Police are still trying to find the man and the car involved. Kennedy described the man as middle-aged, white, with medium length blonde hair and a beard. He was also wearing a cap.

Kennedy said the vehicle was a light silver, old minivan that may have damage to the front passenger door as well as the front end and hood.

Kennedy said she doesn’t want the driver to hurt anyone else.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Dean Thomas at (518) 477-8077 ext. 108.

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