Alcohol A Factor In Crash That Killed One Horse, Injured Another

One horse was killed and another injured in a traffic collision in the South Valley Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officer say 56-year-old Scott Walsh was riding a horse and guiding another westbound on a dirt shoulder of Highway 180 near Trimer Springs Road around 9:08 p.m.

Walsh and the two horses entered the roadway in the path of a 1998 Honda driven by a 28-year-old woman headed eastbound for unknown reasons, the CHP said.

Officers say the woman attempted to stop the car before striking Walsh and the horse he was riding on.

Walsh was thrown from the horse and suffered moderate injuries as a result, the CHP said. One horse was killed and the other suffered major injuries along with a compound break to its leg, the CHP said.

Walsh, the CHP said, was found to have consumed alcohol prior to the collusion.

The driver of the car and the three passengers insider were uninjured.