Man, horse injured after hit-and-run driver strikes carriage in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police said Monday morning that a vehicle struck a horse and carriage near downtown Milwaukee, then drove away.
A police sergeant told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi the incident happened near the corner of Water and Seeboth Streets, just south of the Third Ward.
According to authorities, the car hit and damaged the carriage. The horse ran away from the scene and returned to its stables a short distance away.
Police said the horse, named Smokey, is OK despite cuts to his legs. He was pulling the carriage back to its stable.
"Just looking at how the carriage was, it looked like he hit him from the back and must have swerved, and hit (the) inside of the tire, causing (the) whole entire thing to basically snap off," said Grant Chromy, the owner of Milwaukee Coach and Carriage.
"The person saw him get launched off the carriage and didn't bother to stop."
He told TODAY'S TMJ4 his driver went to the hospital with cuts and bruises on his head, but should also be all right.
"He's got a big goose egg on the back of his head. He's got a cut. His nose was, you know, like a big cut," said Chromy.
Authorities don't know who the suspect is, but a witness told police the driver was operating a green vehicle.
It is believed the car could have front end damage on the driver's side.