Two Horses Killed, One Rider Critical After Being Struck by Truck
A Robbins man is still clinging to life in the hospital after he and another h
orseback rider were struck by a suspected drunk driver after the Carthage Fourth of July parade.
Charles Monroe, 61, and Matthew Alan Sheffield, 20, were struck from behind by a truck as they and another rider were -making their way up the side of N.C. 22 toward High Falls after the parade Saturday, July 3, according to the State Highway Patrol.
Both of their horses were killed.
"A man on a horse just got hit by a car!" a 911 caller said. "He's lying beside the road. He's barely breathing ... partially in the roadway, partially on the side."
Monroe was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he remained in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit, according to hospital spokesman Tom Hughes.
Sheffield was not seriously injured. The third rider, whose name was unavailable, and his horse were uninjured.
"When I arrived on the scene, there were two horses that were killed," said 1st Sgt. J.D. Simmons, a supervisor with the Highway Patrol's Aberdeen office. "There was another horse there that was not struck."
Gina Lynn Key, 35, of 1400 Wilson Road, which is in High Falls, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired and with making an unsafe lane change. She lost her driver's license to a civil revocation as a result of being charged with a DWI and has a court appearance set for Sept. 9 in Criminal District Court. She was not jailed.
Trooper J.B. Stewart investigated the accident. He was off duty Friday and could not be reached for comment.
The accident happened at 4:12 p.m., the Highway Patrol report said. Key was -driving a 2002 Toyota truck.
"Two horses were struck on the right side, on the shoulder (of the road)," Simmons said, reading from the report.
Key's truck was traveling north when it veered off the road and hit Sheffield as he was riding his horse on the right side of the highway. The truck struck a mailbox and then Monroe on his horse, the report says.
Sheffield lives near the Robbins Crossing - an Eagle Springs address - and Monroe in Robbins. Neither -family could be reached for comment by press time.
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