Posted in: Commentary,
by Gregg Laskoski on Nov 9, 2013 06:00 AM
Think about it... from the cows' point of view. It's another beautiful, sunny autumn day in upstate New York and you're minding your own business. You grazed... you're exactly where you're supposed to be, and now you're crossing the road with your pals.
And BAM!!! Some mindless village idiot slams into you and your friends for no apparent reason. Maybe it's time to relocate.
Daisy Cowit, 21, who was using her cell phone at the time, struck six dairy cows from the Hosking farm in Mount Hope, seriously injuring three of them, as they were being led across Mountain Road by farmhands last week (10/28), the local Times Herald-Record reported. The two farm workers were nearly hit too, police said.
Farmer Mike Hosking said she should have had her eyes on the road.
Each cow was worth more than $3,000, and crucial to the livelihood of his farm, which has been in his family for three generations, he told reporters.
"If you don't see 50 cows in the road, you're doing something you shouldn't be doing," Hosking said.
Three of the cows had to undergo emergency surgery for their injuries; they survived.
Cowit was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and reckless driving. She also faces charges of driving while using a cell phone and failure to exercise due care, both traffic infractions.
I'm not a farmer but I've seen enough cows to know that they're not known for their speed or their quickness. What the heck happened? Could these be a special breed of racing cows? Do you think that perhaps they darted in front of her?