State police search for driver in Newport horse and buggy crash

On Jan. 2, 2019, at 8:05 a.m., State Police in Herkimer responded to a reported hit-and-run collision that occurred on Summit Road just west of Fishing Rock Road, in the town of Newport.

The investigation has revealed an unknown vehicle struck an Amish horse and buggy from behind and then fled the scene.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a blue metallic Chevrolet Traverse, which was eastbound on Summit Road when it struck the Amish buggy, causing serious injuries to the horse.

The vehicle was last seen traveling east toward the village of Middleville.

The operator of the buggy, Christ D. Zook, 39, of Poland, was not injured in the crash. A local veterinarian responded to the scene and euthanized the horse, due to the severe leg injuries.

Troopers are searching for a 2013 or 2014 Atlantis metallic blue Chevrolet Traverse. If anyone has information regarding the crash or the vehicle, they are asked to contact state police at 315.366.6000.

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