April 24, 2014

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Horse killed, but rider walks away after collision with car

COLUMBIA TWP. — Hoof marks clawed up the hood,  and a huge hole was left in the windshield of a car that plowed into a horse about 6 p.m. Thursday on a dark country road.

Anthony Koussa, 48, of West River Road, was riding the horse on West River Road near Osbourne Road  when a Pontiac Sunfire driven by Robin Sturgill, 37, zoomed toward him, said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Aussie.

The car hit the horse’s hindquarters, which smashed backward through the window. Koussa was thrown a short distance from the horse, but Columbia Township fire Lt. Brett Heidecker said Koussa was walking and talking when emergency crews arrived.

Koussa and Sturgill were taken to Southwest General Hospital in Middleburgh Heights. A nursing supervisor there said they were both listed in stable condition and being treated by emergency room doctors.

The horse did not survive the crash. A veterinarian was called to help save the animal but didn’t arrive in time, Aussie said.

Its stiff body was removed as Koussa was shuttled in the other direction by ambulance.

No charges had been made late Thursday.

Sue Vecchio, who lives not far from the crash site on Boone Road, said the 45-mph stretch of road is busy and dangerous.

“I wouldn’t let my children out here after dark,” she said. “We’ve been saying for years that the speed limit needs to be lowered.”

Contact Jason Hawk at 329-7148 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.