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Suspect in custody after crash kills girl, two horses

MADISON COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - The Madison County Sheriff's Department captured a 28-year-old man suspected in a crash that killed a 12-year-old girl and two horses late Tuesday night.

Richard Alan White is in custody in Madison County. Investigators said he was in a wooded area around his house when a canine caught him Wednesday night.

Amber Kendrick's father, Charles Kendrick, remembered his daughter.

"As close to perfect as you can get," he said.

He and his friends consoled each other as they looked at the beloved horse Amber Kendrick rescued, as well as a friend's horse that died in a field near the crash site.

"Nursed it for four months and got it back to health," said Charles Kendrick. "Prettiest horse you ever seen."

Amber Kendrick and a family friend were on one horse and another friend was on the other horse on a two-lane road in Pinson.

The three riders were just leaving Amber Kendrick's house and went about 500 feet down the road to ride in a field. They were headed back when the crash happened around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"We had just come out of the gate and we heard a truck coming down the hill like he was flying," said friend Matt Webb.

Webb said the riders steered the two horses into the ditch to avoid the truck, but the driver swerved back, hitting him and throwing Amber Kendrick off the horse and killing her.

"He hit my horse over there and drug her over here," said Webb.

The driver then hit the other rider.

"First thing I did, I run up to him. He was on the phone," said Webb. "That's when I noticed Amber laying in the street."

Webb said he stopped paying attention to the driver at that point.

"Next thing I know, he was gone," he said. "License plate off the truck and he's out of there."

Webb said the man he recognized ran off toward his house just down the road.

"Left my baby girl just lying in the road face down," said Charles Kendrick.

Amber Kendrick wanted to be a veterinarian. She loved horses, especially the one she rescued. The family said they plan to bury both horses together in their property.

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