Horseback rider left for dead after being hit by car

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A woman is recovering at home after she was hit by a car while riding horses with her husband Sunday evening in Kansas City, Mo.

They were riding about a block from their home on Blue Parkway near 63rd Street.

"I have no recollection of being hit. I don't remember any of that," says Dawn Dudley, who is relying on details from her husband Craig as to how she suffered a concussion.

"He said the car kind of side swiped him first and then came into me from behind and hit me," she said. "He said, 'I watched you do somersaults in the air.'"

"The impact sounded like an explosion or something," said Craig.

The driver didn't stop.

"They left us for dead. My horse did die. I could have been dead. My husband said he thought I was dead. It's horrible you can just hit people and take off like that," said Dawn.

Craig says it was a miracle what happened next.

"It was seconds after the accident happened that this car just appeared out of nowhere," he said. "I didn't even see his headlights coming. He pulled right over to me and he said 'I'm here to help, I saw what happened.'"

The next day Craig returned to the scene and found pieces of the wrecked car. One piece says Nissan and another piece has the VIN number, both of which could be clues to help track down the hit and run driver who killed their horse.

"The impact had to be that strong to kill," said Dawn. "We're talking 1,500 pounds minimum, 2,000 pounds...it was a massive beast."

Craig says he's just thankful his wife is still by his side.

"I would continue to just say 'thank you Lord,'" he said. "It couldn't have been anything but the angels that protected her because it could have been a lot worse."

Kansas City, Mo., police are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.TIPS (8477).

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