Killed Moving Rabbit: Man Hit by Car While Trying to ‘Dispatch’ Rabbit

April 9, 2013 Updated: April 9, 2013

Killed moving rabbit: A man was hit and killed by a car when he was apparently attempting to move an injured rabbit from a two-lane highway in Wyoming, officials said Tuesday.

William Kieren, 79, of Laramie, died on Sunday at a hospital nearby in Colorado after he was struck by the vehicle, according to the Laramie Boomerang publication. He was hit on Saturday night.

At around 9 p.m., Kieren stopped his car to “dispatch a rabbit in the roadway,” police told the Boomerang.

Samantha Brown, 25, told police that she saw Kieren’s vehicle stopped along the road and she tried to pass it via the other lane. However, she did not see Kieren standing in the road and hit him, according to the paper.

Brown told troopers that she felt something during the incident. When she turned around to look, she saw a man lying in the middle of the road.

The accident took place on Wyoming 230, around six miles from Laramie.

A trooper says Kieren had stopped his vehicle along the highway and was on or near the center line when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The patrol says the rabbit was still alive on the roadway and was eventually put down by a trooper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.