Authorities arrested a Cazenovia man in connection with an alleged hit-and-run on an Amish buggy Sunday that injured five people and resulted in the death of a horse.
The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department reports that the buggy was struck by a 1999 GMC Yukon while traveling south along State Highway 58 near Quaker Valley Drive in the town of Ironton. First responders were called to the scene just before 5 p.m.
“The buggy was traveling in front of the vehicle and was straddling the right edge of the pavement,” Sheriff Chip Meister said in a news release. “The closing Yukon struck the rear of the buggy, did not stop at the crash location, and continued southbound on STH 58.”
The release said the impact ejected or separated the occupants from the buggy. Two adult passengers received non-life threatening injuries and three children sustained minor injuries. All were transported to Reedsburg Area Medical Center.
“The horse involved was injured badly enough that it had to be euthanized at the scene,” Meister said.
A license plate of the SUV was obtained, the sheriff said, and authorities located it later that evening unoccupied in rural Cazenovia. The vehicle allegedly had damage consistent with the accident, but the driver was not located.
On Monday morning, dispatchers received a call from 38-year-old Brian Daniels, of Cazenovia, who reported that he was the driver involved in the crash.
Daniels turned himself in and was arrested on five counts of felony hit-and-run causing injury. He was booked in the Sauk County Jail and is awaiting a bond hearing. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.
Meister said the investigation into the crash is ongoing to determine, among other things, whether drugs or alcohol were factors.