Virginia Beach driver who struck and killed Corolla wild horse won't face charges, officials say

A mare from the Corolla wild horse herd was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday night. She was covered with a tarp until she could be buried Sunday morning.

A Virginia Beach resident who struck and killed a Corolla wild horse Saturday will not be charged.

The driver was traveling along the four-wheel drive beach about 10:30 p.m. when four or five horses ran from the dunes across the beach towards the water, according to a news release from the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle struck a horse with its driver’s side front tire, the release said. The driver was traveling at about 20-25 miles per hour in foggy conditions with low visibility, it said. The horse died at the scene.

No charges will be filed, the release said.

The speed limit on the four-wheel drive beach is 35 miles per hour unless the vehicle is within 300 feet of people. There is no mention of horses in the ordinance.

The driver is believed to have called a friend who contacted the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, said Jo Langone, chief operating officer of the organization.

Officials found the mare and covered her with a tarp for the night. She was buried Sunday morning. The mare’s stallion remained at her side during the night, according to a Facebook post by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

The mare had not had a foal this year, Langone said.

The last time a wild horse was killed on the beach there was in 2012.

Jeff Hampton, 252-338-0159, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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