Residents say lack of street lights to blame for man riding on horse death

Lloyd Ferguson was killed after a hit and run driver crashed into the horse he was riding.

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WICHITA, Kansas–  It is legal to ride a horse in city limits, but for one Wichita man it proved deadly.

A makeshift memorial marks the spot where 49-year-old Lloyd Ferguson or known as “Sonny” was killed.

“Sonny was a loving person, had a kind heart and there were no strangers,” said Patience Smith, family friend.

It happened 21st and Piatt after 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

Police say Ferguson was riding his horse with a 6-year-old boy on back when they were hit by a metallic gray sedan.

“This vehicle struck the horse and should have extensive damage to the vehicle,” said Lt. Schroeder. “We are looking for that vehicle and the driver of that vehicle.”

The driver took off and that’s when two good Samaritans– a 17-year-old girl and a 43-year-old man rushed to help.

“Unfortunately after this incident occurred the witnesses ran out to help and they were injured,” said Lt. Joe Schroeder, Wichita Police Department. “Another car came through and ran over all four of the subjects that were in the streets.”

The driver of the second car told police she did not see them in the streets.

“Apparently the lights have been out on 21st street since the storm and it was very dark and my detectives tell me it was very dark at the time of these two accidents occurring,” said Lt. Schroeder.

But residents believe it could have been a different outcome had the lights been on.

“They probably would have missed him if they could have been able to see him, but this street light here and all these side streets are so bad that you can’t see at night time,” said James Polite, concerned resident.

Westar Energy tells KSN News it wasn’t aware of any street light problems until it was reported on July 5– the day of the accident.

“We don’t have any information as to how long the lights been out we just know when we got word that they were out and when we were able to respond to that,” said Shane Batchelder, spokesperson for Westar Energy.

Westar Energy says the street lights along 21st street has since been fixed as of Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the hit and run is asked to call police.

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Wichita man killed after hit and run accident on the city’s north side

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