You can’t even ride a horse without worrying about getting injured

Weekly whiplash news review: 7 days ended 10 Oct 2012:

It seems like you’re in danger of suffering whiplash injury whenever you’re on the road these days – even if you’re not even driving or riding in a car.

A van driver in Bradford struck a horse and its rider this week before speeding away, leaving the teenager suffering from whiplash and his horse with a significant injury of its own as well, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper recently reported. Simon Barber, the seventeen year old rider, had been riding along the Leeds Road on his horse Blaze, at the time of the incident.

Simon, who had been riding with a friend in single file, was struck by the grey Citroen Berlingo, which then sped off without stopping. Somehow, the driver didn’t see the high visibility vests both Simon and his fellow rider were wearing – or the fact that both vests had been emblazoned with the words ‘please pass wide and slow,’ before they clipped the off hind leg of Simon’s horse, he told the newspaper.

The teenager recounted how Blaze collapsed after the collision, spilling Simon across the road and onto the pavement. The seventeen year old suffered shoulder and neck injuries from the incident, but it was only until he went to hospital that he was diagnosed with whiplash; likewise has Simon’s horse suffered, as the collision has left Blaze lame and unable to be ridden for nearly a whole month.

There could have been as many as three occupants riding in the Citroen van that struck Blaze and Simon. According to the injured teen, the van was last seen heading north east towards Greengates.

The police commented that it was a certainty that the driver of the van did indeed fail to stop in the wake of the accident. Bradford South Police say that an investigation is not only currently underway, but called for aid from the public, asking for anyone with information concerning the van and its occupants to come forward.

It is unknown at this time whether Simon is considering to make a personal injury claim, especially since there is no driver to name in such a lawsuit.

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