A woman from central P.E.I. feels lucky to have escaped with her life from a recent encounter with an SUV.
Abby Sawyer has been working with her horse Milo to get him used to riding on the road. Horses on the Island’s highways have become more common in recent years, according to the Department of Transportation, and they have all the rights that motorized vehicles do.
Sawyer was on the MacDonald Road, a clay road that runs from Kelly’s Cross to Crapaud. She had previously walked her horse down the road to get him used to area. On Thursday morning she was riding him. A car and a van had already passed them without any issues, but then she heard an SUV coming up behind her.
“I motioned at them to slow down and they didn’t. They got within 15 feet of me and my horse spooked,” said Sawyer.
“Honestly, if you don’t think something is going to stop for you you’d probably want to get out of the way too, and he bolted. Unfortunately, while we were bolting down the remainder of the road the SUV was right on our tail the whole way.”
Milo continued to try to escape from the vehicle, and Sawyer saw they were coming to the end of the clay portion of the road. She was worried when they hit the asphalt they could both be seriously injured.
But just then two cyclists appeared, coming in the opposite direction. Seeing them, Milo turned off into a freshly-plowed potato field. He slowed down in the soft footing, and Sawyer took the opportunity to jump off.
She said the SUV stopped briefly, but then drove off without checking on her as the cyclists approached.
She was unable to get a licence plate number, and RCMP told her they don’t believe they will be able to track down the driver.
Sawyer hopes the…