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Police seek gray Grand Marquis in fatal horse accident

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 11:47 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 6:54 a.m.

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Police have identified the kind of car involved in a fatal collision with a horseback rider Friday night and now want the public’s help in finding that car and its driver.

The car that struck a quarter horse carrying a 49-year-old man and a 6-year-boy shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Friday on 21st Street near Piatt turned north on Piatt and left the scene, authorities have said.

The man, 49-year-old Lloyd Ferguson, was killed in the collision. The boy was hospitalized.

The impact was so intense that parts were knocked from the car, Capt. Brent Allred said Tuesday, and investigators have been able to use those parts to help identify the car: a gray or silver Mercury Grand Marquis.

“I believe, with the help of the community, we’re going to solve this case,” Allred said.

The four-door sedan’s model year ranges between 2003 and 2005, he said. The car will have extensive front-end damage as a result of striking the horse. The horse may well have rolled up onto the car and over the roof, police have said.

Anyone with information about the car or its driver is asked to call 911 or the accident follow-up unit at 316-268-4131.

“The investigators have done a good job compiling and collecting evidence” from the scene of the collision, Allred said.

Four people were hurt in the incident, including two witnesses who came to the aid of the two riders. They were all hit by a car going west on 21st about a minute after the first collision, police have said.

The driver of that car told police she did not see the people in the street until moments before impact because that section of 21st was poorly lit. Several street lights in that area were knocked out by the strong thunderstorms from late last month and had not yet been repaired by Westar Energy, police have said.

A 17-year-old pedestrian saw the initial collision and went to check on the riders, as well as a 48-year-old driver on 21st Street. Both were in the street assisting the victims when they were hit.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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