Carmelo Vargas, the hansom cab driver injured when his horse crashed into a station wagon at Ninth Avenue and 50th Street, is in a coma. Vargas had only been riding horse-drawn carriages around the city since May, lured by the prospect of making more money for his family. His stepson told the Daily News, "He had a problem with this horse. He rode a lot of the horses, but this one scared him." The NY Times, though, has pinto horse experts speculating the horse was probably bothered by a noise, as pintos are usually "docile."
The horse, which had a broken leg, was put down yesterday. The station wagon's passengers were in stable condition; the station wagon also had an expired inspection sticker. And animal rights activists are saying this is exactly why horses should only be allowed in Central Park and banned from streets.