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Man hit by car while riding horse says he's lucky to be alive

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

"It turned into a nightmare."

That is how Rhonda Chaffins describes the night she, her husband James, and one of their teenage sons were riding horses on Route 1210 in Martin, an activity not uncommon to them.

But when they got to the church, they say things went horribly wrong.

"He came so fast we didn't have time to do anything," said Rhonda.

A car hit James and the horse he was riding sending them over the car and into the air.

"Everything's kind of blurry and dizzy to me. I can't remember a whole lot," said James.

Rhonda says she remembers seeing her husband go over the car and land in the road.

Her son Logan ran for help.

"I could hear him screaming and he was saying 'please help me, help me my daddy's been hit,'" said Rhonda.

She stayed in the road checking on James.

"I'm thinking, 'Oh my god they just left, please stop, please help me.' That's what I was screaming looking up the road as they drove away," she said.

The horse, Flicka, was badly injured and had to be put down.

"I'm in the road with James, and I couldn't do anything for her. That was really bad, and I feel really sad I didn't get to tell her goodbye," said Rhonda.

They say the whole thing is just unbelievable.

"Anybody can have accidents, but to go on and leave somebody laying there in the road run over not knowing if they're dead or alive, that's not right," said James.

Rhonda says they know James is lucky to be alive.

"I said that was God's doing right there. I said you are my miracle, and I said Flicka gave her life for you," she said.

Police do have a suspect in the case, but at this time no charges have been filed.

James suffered a broken ankle and two fractures in his neck. He was released from Cabell-Huntington Hospital earlier this afternoon.

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