Some things just can’t be made up, but regardless of some of the ironic details, this story isn’t funny.
Last week, a 21-year-old woman named (of all things) Daisy Cowit plowed into a 50-head dairy herd as it crossed a road near Mount Hope, N.Y. Two of the dairy’s farm hands, who desperately tried to signal her to stop, were also nearly hit.
Six of the animals were reportedly struck – three of them seriously injured. One witness to the accident reported that the impact knocked one of the animals five feet into the air, according to the local Times Herald-Record.
Cowit denies texting or driving while distracted, though witnesses and police claim otherwise.
"If you don't see 50 cows in the road, you're doing something (you shouldn't be doing),” Mike Hosking, owner of the dairy herd, said.
None of the herd died in the accident, though Hosking will be closely monitoring his injured animals for several weeks to see "how their health progresses and how they respond to the medication they were given.”
Police have now charged Cowit with two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and one count each of fourth-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving, all misdemeanors. She was also issued tickets for driving a car while using a mobile phone and failure to exercise due care.
"Hopefully, this incident serves as a reminder of the dangers of distracted driving. You cannot use your phone and drive, period. The actions of the driver seriously and needlessly injured cows, but in addition, she almost struck two people,” Mount Hope Police Chief Paul Rickard said in a news statement.
Many have expressed their frustration with the accident, as well as support of Hosking:
“You're in a farming community/region. Pay attention to your surroundings while driving. How do you miss a herd of cows crossing the road with people directing traffic?” one person asked on the Times Herald-Record Facebook page.
“She should be charged per pound. You break it, you buy it,” another person added.
“It's hard enough to run a farm successfully these days without having to worry about negligent drivers texting as 50, yes 50 cows cross a road (which they do like clockwork each day, by the way),” one commenter said on the Times Herald-Record article.