3 injured in late-night horse race; one horse destroyed after neck broken
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a horse-riding accident that occurred at O’Bannon Woods State Park early Saturday morning.
The accident happened about 3:30 a.m. on the park’s main road, between the Nature Center and the Horse Campground, according to Conservation Officer Mark Farmer.
As a result of the accident, Louis Sipes, 22, Joshua Summers, early 20s, and Brock Williams, 23, all from the Washington area in Daviess County, sustained injuries that required medical attention, Farmer said. Summers and Sipes were transported to University Hospital in Louisville. Summers was treated and released, Farmer said.
Williams was treated at the scene and later arrested by an officer from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. for public intoxication, Farmer said.
All three men were believed to have been racing their horses on the dark roadway when they collided, according to conservation officers. The accident resulted in one of the horses receiving a broken neck and later having to be destroyed.
No criminal charges are pending on Summers or Sipes at this time, Farmer said, but all three were served with official notice that they are ejected from all Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources property for one year. Should they attempt to return to any DNR property during the next 12 months, they could face criminal trespass charges, Farmer said.