Driver charged in horse and buggy hit-and-run [UPDATED]Published 4:55am Monday, June 10, 2013 Updated 5:56pm Monday, December 9, 2013
The driver of a pickup truck that clipped a horsedrawn buggy and then fled the scene was charged in Otter Tail County District Court.
Anthony James Swanson, 36, of Deer Creek, was charged Tuesday, June 4 with one felony count and one gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular homicide or operation-driver who causes an accident leaves the scene.
According to the criminal complaint, the accident occurred just after 6 p.m. May 30 on County Hwy. 73 near Deer Creek. The buggy operator saw the truck in his rear view mirror before the crash and told authorities the driver should’ve seen the buggy with enough time to react, the report says. The buggy operator reportedly steered the horse to the east shoulder when the crash occurred.
One boy was ejected from the buggy and suffered a skull fracture, while his mother had a severely bruised arm, according to the report.The buggy reportedly had significant damage. A passenger side mirror and a piece of plastic from the front bumper were found at the scene.
Swanson reportedly called the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office June 1 and admitted he was the driver of the pickup truck. He turned himself in the next day.
Swanson’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 17.