Police appeal after horse and car collide on Skye

Police on Skye are appealing for information following a collision between a car and horse on Wednesday this week.

The collision occurred at about 10.30pm on Wednesday (21st October) on the A850 Borve to Dunvegan Road near to Bernisdale when two horses escaped from a field.

By coincidence, a police officer was passing the scene at the time and said there was no way the driver could have avoided the horse. Having spoken briefly to the driver the police officer then focused on clearing any further danger and during this time the driver left the scene. Sadly the horse was too badly injured and had to be put down.

Police are now keen to speak to the driver to gather further details but they, and the owner of the horse, have expressed sadness at the response on social media  from members of the public criticising the driver, and possibly putting them off contacting the police.

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Sergeant Bruce Crawford

Portree based Police Sergeant Bruce Crawford said: “At the time of this collision it was dark, wet and windy and it is unlikely that the driver of the vehicle could have done anything to avoid striking the horse.

“I would like the driver of the vehicle to make contact with Police in Portree via 101 or by attending at the office to ensure that he has all of the necessary information relating to the incident.

“Unfortunately, the horse sustained unsurvivable injuries but I wish to thank local residents and crofters who provided assistance to allow the road to be reopened as quickly as possible.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police on 101.