Coroner releases name of 80-year-old man killed in crash with horse

A man driving to work early Friday morning was killed when a horse ran into the path of his vehicle in Bourbon County, according to the local coroner. The horse also was killed.

Donald Ray Smith, 80, of Carlisle was contracted to work for a postal service and had been on his way to Lexington to pick up deliveries, coroner Dee Gee Ison-Roe said. Smith was near the Fayette County line, where the road turns into Paris Pike, when an escaped horse ran in front of his car. Smith died at the scene.

Authorities don’t think alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, Ison-Roe said.

“This was just a simple accident,” Ison-Roe said. “It was tragic, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

It was not immediately clear where the horse escaped from.