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UPDATED: Horse Killed When Struck by Cars on Washington Avenue

The accident on Washington Avenue between a loose horse and at least two cars was reported at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday.

Updated at 11:20 a.m. Aug. 27

A horse was killed in Murrieta Saturday night after it got loose in traffic on Washington Avenue.

The accident between at least two cars and a horse was reported at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday on southbound Washington, about 1/4 mile north of Kalmia Street, Murrieta police confirmed Monday.

Traffic on southbound Washington was redirected as officials investigated the accident.

A woman who was driving a gold Lexus and hit the horse was not injured, according to Murrieta fire Capt. Eric Ballard.

"All we know is she hit a horse and we are going to give her a ride home right now," Ballard said.

The horse had a saddle on, but no rider.

The owner of the horse arrived on scene but declined to comment except to say the dark brown horse was a 13-year-old male and belonged to his 6-year-old daughter.

"He just got away," he said.

Murrieta police confirmed Monday that the horse had been tied up to a hitching post at Joannie's Cantina on Washington.

"It was tied up at Joannie's by the owner," Murrieta police Lt. Firmes. "By some unknown means it got loose somehow. We don't know how."

Michelle Smith, 48, of Murrieta, was one of the drivers who hit the horse.

"I was driving down Washington toward Kalmia to go out to eat with my friends at Chili's," Smith told Patch. "The car directly in front of me hit something and then all of the sudden the biggest object came flying at me and I didn't know what it was. Then I ran over it and it completely went under my car."

Smith said she immediately pulled over and she and her 9-year-old daughter got out of the car.

"At first we thought it was a person and we were so freaked out. But then we found out there was a horse running in the street. It was scary, we were in shock. My daughter was crying. She was scared and she is an animal lover."

Smith said she remembers seeing a bicyclist's reflectors, but did not recall seeing the horse.

"So I did not know what I hit," she said. "We just stood near the car in shock. And the lady in front of me did not know what she hit."

Smith remarked that the portion of Washington where the accident occurred—in the 24500 block near Murrieta Valley Golf Range—was not well lit, in her opinion.

"If there was better lighting on this street we would have seen it."

Animal control was called out to the scene to remove the horse from the roadway.

No charges were filed against the horse's owner, Firmes said, and the drivers in the accident did not suffer injuries, he confirmed.

—Daniel Lane contributed to this report

bob meek August 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
hey mark you and sean got some brokeback mountain style going on?save it for the chat room.geeze
Terry Schreck August 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
This would not have happened if the "city folk" who have moved into our rural environment would have had a clue of what to do with a loose horse. First off, don't CHASE IT DOWN ON A BICYCLE WITH FLASHING LIGHTS! Some of these comments about what actually happen have made me sick. Thank you SB for looking at the whole picture. TS, Murrieta Resident
Terry Schreck August 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Get your facts straight before you post something like that. If that had been the case, he would have be been in police custody. The guy on the bike did NOT help the situation.
VadnaisArabians August 28, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Well said MG!
VadnaisArabians August 28, 2012 at 04:18 AM
If it is really confirmed that it was the same horse that was seen there a few hours earlier, then the horse WAS tied with his reins, and the photo above shows that. So sad. Animals are at our mercy, and we need to do everything in our power to protect them.
Craig August 28, 2012 at 06:22 AM
It was a unavoidable accident plain and simple !!! Horses are animals and their behavior is not always predictable. The result is there will be accidents. Many of the people on this blog seem to feel this unfortunate horse is some how a kin to a human. I wonder if they would show as much concern if a human had been hit by a car? Just wondering when the animal lover blogers will set up the roadside memorial? By the by ....I own a HORSE!!!
KH August 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I went by and saw the horse tied up @ 5:15pm. I even mentioned it to my husband that there was a horse tied up at the bar. If you look at the picture it looks like it was tied by the reins. Rule #1, never tie a horse up by it's reins. I know the man on the bike was trying to help the horse, but he was probably part of the problem. A lot of horse's don't like bike's to begin with most of all when they are behind them, it will startle them. This bike was behind him in the dark with lights on it, not something a horse get's to see on a day to day basis. A horse with react to something with a fight or flight reaction. The horse may have chose flight.
candy August 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I PERSONALLY WAS THERE WHEN EVERYTHING HAPPENED AND THERE WAS NO KIND OF CRUELTY TOWARDS THE HORSE BUT THERE IS NOTHING BETTER IN THE FACT THAT THE OWNER STAYED HERE AND DRANK ALL DAY THIS IS NOT A TOWN FOR HORSES ANYMORE, ALL AROUND THIS IS NOT A NICE SITUATION, THE BAR AND OWNER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS PROBLEM IT IS WRONG ALL AROUND, VERY SAD BUT THINGS HAPPEN
Lily gastelum August 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Yes it is sad....but all of u need to get a life and stop talking crap! Get a job sincerly- a person who knew the horse!
sean struhl August 31, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I have a job. Thank you for the advice! So here is some advice to you... I don't talk crap - I talk facts and here is a fact for you... Let's say 9 out of 10 people that were at this tragic accident if had the opportunity would smack that man right across the face!! Drinking was his priority!!! Not his beautiful horse that I held down with another gentleman for over ten minutes until it died in my hands!! That will never leave me! Pass that on to someone else who new the horse!!!!!
bob meek August 31, 2012 at 08:08 AM
ashes to ashes dust to dust .seroiusly if it makes you feel better ,you can send me donations .all proceeds go to ................well......me. but seriously folk lets quit beating this dead hissue.we ought to be helping the divine equestrians that are still among us .i say KEEP THE HORSES ,AND GID RID OF THE TEN SPEEDERS..LETS FACE IT THE HORSE WOULD OF WANTED IT THAT WAY.
bob meek August 31, 2012 at 08:13 AM
and just how well did you know the deceased maam?where were you the day of this event at what time did you last talk to the deceased ,was there a altercation?was the fight phsyical?what was the fight about?maam we going to have to ask you to come downtown for some further questions
CFS3 August 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM
@ Sean, get over yourself! You did what most would have done. The difference is you now think this moment in time makes you judge and jury?? To judge the owner makes you a POS in my eyes. You see, I know this man and you have NO CLUE what you are talking about! Riding his horse ( yes his for 10 years) to the neighborhood cantina was NOT a crime!! maybe he should have driven? This man just lost his best friend of 10 years and you judge him?? He was a part of the family!! Your words are ugly and hurtful and you should be ashamed! Instead you BRAG of your "good deed" publicly? SMH
sean struhl August 31, 2012 at 04:06 PM
CDs38579%! Ok
sean struhl August 31, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Wanna go get wasted CDs38579% will being our horses!!!
sean struhl August 31, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I'm done with this !!! Good bye
KH August 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM
CFS3 you are right no one know the whole story. This was something that the people who were there will never forget. They were traumatized by what they saw as anyone would be. There was nothing they could do but watch the poor horse die, but judging someone without the whole story will not bring the poor horse back. Please let the people know what the horse's name was so they can mourn its loss and lay it to rest. To the people who were there, thank you for trying to help the horse and not letting him be alone at the time of his death you gave him comfort.
KH August 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM
CFS3 you are right no one know the whole story. This was something that the people who were there will never forget. They were traumatized by what they saw as anyone would be. There was nothing they could do but watch the poor horse die, but judging someone without the whole story will not bring the poor horse back. Please let the people know what the horse's name was so they can mourn its loss and lay it to rest. To the people who were there, thank you for trying to help the horse and not letting him be alone at the time of his death you gave him comfort.
bob meek September 01, 2012 at 03:06 AM
ON A LIGHTER NOTE:charlie is have a dog and pony show tommorrow night at the market those of you who know,now you know .those of you who dont......sorry not enough seats
CFS3 September 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
When the woman in Australia had her baby taken out of her tent by a dingo nobody believed her because she didn't show enough "emotions". Months later they found the babies clothing and tests showed they were covered in dingo saliva. YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGED PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW!! Everyone is different! because this man didn't react by dropping to his knees and crying out, you make the call he should be found guilty of a crime? This was a TRAGIC accident!!! I have no doubt the trama suffered by those who witnessed it and were involved, owner included! But please people stop pointing fingers...its just ugly! I'm sorry I can't tell you his name, just know HE WAS LOVED!!!
KH September 02, 2012 at 11:54 PM
KH Since no one wants to give out the horse's name, to those who tried to save him and to those who would like to say a little prayer for him out of respect for a beautiful brown horse without a name, I suggest you give him a name yourself so that when you remember him he has a name. To me I will call him GUS, it is a nice gentle name. Rest In Peace GUS.
KH September 02, 2012 at 11:54 PM
KH Since no one wants to give out the horse's name, to those who tried to save him and to those who would like to say a little prayer for him out of respect for a beautiful brown horse without a name, I suggest you give him a name yourself so that when you remember him he has a name. To me I will call him GUS, it is a nice gentle name. Rest In Peace GUS.
Murrietamemories September 07, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Amen to this.
Murrietamemories September 07, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Agreed.
bob meek September 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM
theeeeeeeeeeereeeeeee once was a horse of coarse a horse and no one could talk to a horse of course unless of coarse that is the horse is the famous mr .........
The MOM September 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Wasted or not... it was past dark. My daughters horse should have never been out that late. I hate this, all this trash talking. We owned the horse for 15 years and my daugters father has always taken care of his daughters horse.. this was bad judgement and for that we are so much more heart broken than you can even imagine. We loved Quick. I cant forgive this acciedent... our lives will forever be changed. My daughter will never get another horse like Quick, he was the best, he wasnt barn sour, I trusted him with my daughter life. His reins snapped. The horse must have been so scard, all the lights, being out that late? OMG thank god no one else was hurt. But know this, this was an acciedent, we are all heart broken. He cant' be brought back by trash talking, esspecially when you dont know the horse or its owners... My daughters father, will never forgive himself, we all show emotions differently and just because you didn't see him crying... you have no idea then pain we are all in. What was suppose to be a couple of beers on the horse turned into a fatal accident... FYI my daughter thinks her horse is in a beautiful meadow because he got a hurt leg in the middle of the night, you don't tell a 7 year old her horse was struck and killed because her dad was not useing judgement and at the bar...
The MOM September 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Like I said I will never ever forget or forgive him for this but it was an accident. He wasn't tieing the horse up to teach him a lesson. From what I understand there was plenty of people stopping a petting the horse... FYI not always the best thing to do without the owners permission... I was going to say nothing but after reading all this, finally I couldn't take it. We are soooooo sad, my daughter knows she will never see her horse again... can you imagine? He was like my son. I honestly felt like my son was killed that night. Please know the horse was loved and very well taken care of. He was beautiful and very well trained... there was no sourness about him. He was scard from the lights, I know my horse... he should have never been left alone passed dark. I hate this....
The MOM September 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I'm sorry you and your daughter had to go through this... I know how bad this must have been I got the news a 10:30 that my daughters horse was struck and killed... things will never be the same... We are truely heart broken.. especially my little girl who thinks her horse lives in a beautiful meadow now... far far away... I didn't want to lie, I never lie to my child but how do you tell your little girl her daddy killed her horse????? He was like a son to me.. We are all so sad.. I am glad you and your daughter are ok.
The MOM September 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Thank you for that... he is wild and free now... we will miss him so much...
bob meek January 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM
AH WHAT FUN

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