Driver charged in fatal Hanover horse trailer crash has prior history of animal cruelty

Driver charged in fatal Hanover horse trailer crash has prior history of animal cruelty

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The driver of a pickup truck towing a horse trailer that

has a prior history of animal cruelty, NBC12 has confirmed.

Michael Anthony Wilkerson Sr. was convicted in 2010 of seven counts of animal cruelty, after prosecutors said he starved nine horses. Wilkerson also was found guilty of animal cruelty in 1996 in relation to his treatment of horses.

Hanover authorities on Monday charged Wilkerson with driving on a suspended license in relation to the crash along Route 1 Sunday. Two horses in the trailer died as a result of the crash, authorities said. One horse died instantly, and the other horse was euthanized at the scene. Hanover deputies said they may file additional charges against Wilkerson as they continue their investigation.

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