Updated: Two Equestrians Die In Florida Car Accident

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Two equestrian professionals, Dana McWilliams and Christian Kennedy, died in a high-speed automobile accident in Wellington, Fla., on Nov. 25, according to local Palm Beach news reports.

The reports indicate that McWilliams, 19, lost control of her vehicle at 11:34 p.m. on South Shore Boulevard, crossed the center median, and hit several trees. McWilliams and Kennedy, 21, were sitting in the front seat and were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third person in the car, Elaine Halloran, 24, was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., with critical injuries. According to WPTV, Halloran was wearing a seatbelt, but neither McWilliams nor Kennedy were wearing theirs.

An autopsy was conducted on Nov. 26, and the toxicology report showed that McWilliams had alcohol in her bloodstream with a concentration of .083 percent.

McWilliams, of Bethany, Conn., moved to Florida five weeks ago to continue working for show jumper Maarten Huygens. Huygens splits his time between Wellington and Connecticut.

Kennedy, of Iowa City, Iowa, worked for Australian dressage rider Ilse Schwarz, who is also based in Florida.

The Chronicle will update this story as additional information is obtained.


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