Death of Amish man killed in car vs. buggy crash ruled homicide

Published: Feb. 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 14, 2010 at 12:34 PM CST
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By Heartland News & The Associated Press

MOBERLY, MO. (KFVS/AP) - The death of an Amish man killed when a car rear ended his buggy has been ruled a homicide.

Eli  Borntrager, age 29 of Madison was killed in a vehicle accident while driving his horse-drawn buggy on U.S. 63 in the northern Missouri town of Moberly January 12. The horse was also hurt in the crash and had to be euthanized due to the extent of injuries.

Randolph County Coroner Gerald Luntsford completed his investigation into the death over the past week.

The completed report noted the buggy was equipped with appropriate slow-moving vehicle signage and weather did not play a role in the accident. The coroner also said there was no indication that the driver of

the car tried to stop or avoid the cart. The car was reportedly traveling at 70 miles per hour at the time of impact.

The driver, Jeffrey Fleming of Staunton, IL, claimed he did not see the buggy in time to avoid hitting it.

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