Suspect arrested in April horse drawn buggy hit and run accident

Michigan State Police from the Cadillac Post arrested a 27-year-old Manton man Saturday in connection with a hit and run earlier this month.

A 27-year-old Manton man was arrested at his home Saturday on charges stemming from a hit and run involving a car and a horse drawn buggy on April 9th.

Michigan State Police say that the man is being held at the Wexford County Jail on charges of reckless driving, failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident, and failure to report an accident. The failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident carries the highest penalty, which is one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Troopers from the Cadillac Post responded to the crash between the buggy and a car on Old US 131 near 18 Road, south of Manton around 8 PM on Wednesday, April 9th. The horse drawn buggy was carrying seven young people when it was hit from behind by the vehicle traveling the same direction, according to witnesses.

All seven passengers were thrown out of the buggy. One person was taken to the hospital. After impact, witnesses say the vehicle that struck the buggy drove away, but the man turned himself into the police the following day.

The horse ran away from the scene but was later found near the owner's home.

The suspect's name is being withheld pending his arraignment.