British Columbia

Family sues PNE after man trampled by runaway horse

The family of 77-year-old Benny Wong is suing the PNE for injuries Wong suffered when a runaway horse trampled him at the annual fair.

Benny Wong suffered a massive brain injury when an escaped horse jumped on him

Family sues after man was trampled

9 years ago
Duration 2:30
Benny Wong suffered a brain injury when a horse jumped on him

The family of 77-year-old Yuen Yen "Benny" Wong — who has been in intensive care for the past three months after being trampled by a runaway horse — is suing the PNE for damages, both for the massive brain injury he suffered as a result of the incident and to pay for future medical care.

Wong, a retired cook for B.C. Ferries, is now unable to walk and is hooked up to a feeding tube.

On August 22, Wong and his wife Miu Yee Wong were visiting the PNE, as they do every year. The couple was walking near the entrance when a horse came charging towards them very quickly, Miu Yee Wong told the CBC through a translator.

"It jumped up on my husband — the horse kicked, and my husband crashed to the ground," she said.

A witness who captured pictures of the event, John Sharon, said it was horrifying to watch: "I've never seen a man go from vertical to horizontal faster in my life."

It is believed the horse escaped after someone working at the PNE left a gate unlatched. The horse ran out of its stall just after participating in a cattle-penning event, according to PNE spokesperson Laura Ballance. When staff tried to corral the animal, it broke into a gallop.

Wong's lawyer, Robyn Wishart, said his condition will never improve and that he will need care for the rest of his life.

"He suffered a catastrophic brain injury and will likely never be able to care for himself."

The PNE has not filed a response to the civil claim, and says it will not comment on the suit as the case is before the courts.

with files from the CBC's Peg Fong


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