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April 11, 2014

Suspect at large in buggy hit-and-run

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect in a hit-and-run after a car struck a horse-drawn buggy south of the Village of Manton.

A buggy carrying seven people was heading south on Old U.S. 131 near 18 Road when another vehicle headed south struck it from behind Wednesday shortly after 8 p.m.

All seven people inside the buggy were thrown out, including three young children, MSP Cadillac Post Sgt. Scott Bates said. A Manton woman, 23, was taken to Munson Medical Center by ambulance for a head injury. She was treated and released, Bates said.

The other six passengers suffered minor injuries.

“All seven are doing fine,” Bates said.

The buggy was traveling off the road on the right side and was properly marked with reflective signals and a slow-moving vehicle sign, Bates said. The horse that was drawing the carriage became separated during the crash and ran home unharmed.

Witnesses told troopers the vehicle that hit the buggy sped south away from the scene.

Debris from the vehicle found at the scene indicates it may have been a green or teal metallic passenger car. Authorities believe the car will have damage to the passenger side headlight and outside rear view mirror.

Anyone with information regarding the crash should call the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post at 231-779-6040 or 911.

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