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

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


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