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Crime Stoppers offers reward in fatal car-horse collision case

An image of a Mercury Grand Marquis 2003 to 2005. This type of car - but not this specific vehicle - was involved in a fatal hit and run Friday night. The actual car should have significant damage to the front end, Wichita police say.
An image of a Mercury Grand Marquis 2003 to 2005. This type of car - but not this specific vehicle - was involved in a fatal hit and run Friday night. The actual car should have significant damage to the front end, Wichita police say.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver who struck a horse with two riders last week, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Lloyd Ferguson, 49, was riding his horse at about 10:30 p.m. on July 5 near 21st and Piatt when his horse was hit on 21st by a car, police have said.

Ferguson was killed and a 6-year-old boy was seriously injured. He remains hospitalized at Wesley Medical Center.

“Typically, when we feature crimes like this there’s a much greater chance that it will be solved,” Gordon Bassham, executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission, said Friday.

The force of the impact was so great that parts of the car remained at the scene, police say. Based on the debris left behind, investigators have identified the vehicle as a 2003 to 2005 silver or gray Mercury Grand Marquis.

The car has extensive front end damage, police have said, and the horse may have rolled over the top of the car on impact. The horse was able to get out of the street before a second car struck the two riders and two witnesses who stopped to help the victims.

The two witnesses were injured but are now at home recovering, police have said, while the horse was euthanized at the scene.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Tips can also be sent via text message at CRIMES (274637) and begin the tip with TIP217. Tips can be sent to the Crime Stoppers web site at www.wsccs.com.

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