BERWICK, Maine — The horse killed in the early morning July 4 crash was a 14-year-old mustang named Annie.
Mike Bataran, who owned the horse with his wife, called it a freak accident Friday morning and was thankful the driver of the 2006 Pontiac Vibe that struck Annie a little after 2 a.m. Thursday morning was not injured or killed.
“No chance of seeing a brown horse at night,” Bataran said. “Glad he is OK.”
According to Berwick police, two horses got loose and were in the area of 519 Portland St., also known as Route 4, when 21-year-old Nicholas Murphy of Londonderry, New Hampshire, struck the mustang. Murphy reported seeing the other horse but not Annie. Bataran said the incident did not awaken him and his wife.
Bataran said he and his wife are unsure how the horses got out of the gate. “The gate is never opened,” he said. “We have a tough time opening it.”
Bataran said they’ve had Annie for the past five years, after acquiring her from a place in Oklahoma. He said his wife is taking the loss hard.
“It’s a real unfortunate event,” he said.