Assateague Island – On Thursday night, October 5th, around 8 pm a Stallion named Jester was struck and killed on the causeway near the bridge in Maryland, according to the National Park Service. Officials said Jester was dead when law enforcement arrived on the scene, and as there was no obvious trauma to the horse, death was presumed to have been caused by severe internal injuries.
Jester was an 18-year-old stallion whose range has been centered around the causeway since 2004. He had one mare, 29-year-old, Dee’s Heart, according to officials. Park law enforcement is currently investigating the accident to determine if charges should be filed against the driver, added park officials.
Of the 31 horses that have been killed on seashore roads since 1982, 17 have been killed on the causeway near the bridge.
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