More Details in "Cowboys Against Cancer" Crash
POSTED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 6:25am
A couple riding horseback across Texas to raise money for cancer research has hit a roadblock. Monday night one of the riders got hit by a car, sending her to the hospital.
"She's a wonderful person to be around, I can't ask for anything better," said Bob Slayden about his wife, Sharon. The two set out September 1 on a 764 mile ride from Jacksonville, TX to El Paso. Their goal was to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
"I'd like to raise a $100,000 for them," he said. "I'd really like to raise a million."
So far, they've raised about $2,000. Bob was a truck driver for over 40 years, but says the view from horseback can't be beat.
"What I'm seeing from that horse ain't what I saw from that windshield."
But Monday night, about 100 miles shy of their El Paso destination, tragedy struck. DPS says that after the duo stopped to help a motorist on the road, a large truck slammed into sharon, knocking her unconscious.
"It's too bad there had to be a tragedy like that but you know, that's life," Bob said.
Sharon was rushed to University Medical Center, where she a just underwent surgery. But the crash killed the horse they've called family for 16 years. Sharon is expected to be okay, and Bob says this tragedy isn't going to stop the Cowboys Against Cancer.
"Get over it and get on with it, and that's what we're doing," he said. "We'll be right here next year."
DPS says the driver of the truck wasn't injured. They also say the accident is still under investigation but as of right now, no charges will be filed.