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PARK CITY — A 16-year-old girl who hit and killed a horse and critically injured its rider in September has been charged with three misdemeanors.
The juvenile, whose name was not released, was charged in 3rd District Juvenile Court with reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; aggravated cruelty to animals, a class B misdemeanor; and careless driving, a class C misdemeanor.
Lacy Picard, 37, was riding her horse, Tahoe, on 8400 Silver Creek Road on Sept. 5 when she was hit by a vehicle driven by a teen girl. The horse was killed in the incident.
To help the medical bills, the family has set up an account for donations, which can be made to Mountain Life Evangelical Free Church in Silver Creek or at any Wells Fargo Bank under Lacey Picard's name.
Picard suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple broken bones. She was taken by medical helicopter in extremely critical condition to the University of Utah Medical Center. She was placed in the Neuro Critical Care Unit until recently when she was moved to a rehabilitation center at South Davis Community Hospital in Bountiful.
Investigators originally said distracted driving and speed may have been contributors in the accident, though they did not say how the girl may have been distracted.
A statement from the Summit County Attorney's Office Friday noted that prosecutors had met with Picard and her attorney and they were "supportive" of the charges.
Picard runs a successful practice at Powerful Life Chiropractic in Holladay. She is a native of North Carolina and moved to Utah five years ago where family members say she enjoys the outdoors. Her boyfriend and her dog, Layla, have been by her side non-stop since the accident, according to a statement from the family on Friday.
Part of Picard's rehabilitation includes physical, speech and occupational therapies. To help the medical bills, the family has set up an account for donations, which can be made to Mountain Life Evangelical Free Church in Silver Creek or at any Wells Fargo Bank under Lacey Picard's name.
The juvenile's first court appearance was scheduled for Nov. 4.