GALVESTON, Texas—The victim in a fatal horse-drawn carriage accident over the weekend has been identified as a Sugar Land man, according to Galveston police.
Bobby McKelvey, 57, was pronounced dead soon after the carriage he was riding in was struck by a suspected drunken driver. His wife, 46-year-old Renee McKelvey, was injured in the crash and sent to the hospital in stable condition.
According to the Galveston Police Department, 21-year-old Mike Grayson struck the back of the couple’s carriage at the intersection of 21st Street and Avenue L just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Both vehicles were heading toward the seawall.
Another passenger, 18-year-old Holli Vowell of Galveston, was injured and listed in stable condition. The operator of the carriage, Joe Hudson, was also listed in stable condition.
Police have not yet determined how fast Grayson’s Infiniti G35 was traveling when it hit the carriage.
Police said Grayson, a resident of Conroe, tried to leave the scene but was detained by witnesses. He later failed sobriety tests and stated he was on medication.
He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and three counts of intoxication assault.
The horse received a minor laceration to its left leg and was returned to its owner.