At about 9:08 am this morning, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of East Harding Road and Youngstown Road, Turlock.
When crews arrived on scene, they located a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck, being driven by Isaac Leal, 27, of Delhi, that had struck a horse being ridden by a 19-year old female of Turlock. Leal was uninjured, the rider of the Horse suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, and the horse was deceased.
The California Highway Patrol began its investigation and determined that Leal was traveling northbound on Youngstown Road approaching a sweeping left bend while the horse rider was traveling westbound on East Harding Road, along the right road edge. Leal admitted to reaching for something in the truck and took his eyes off the road momentarily. Leal looked up to see the horse and its rider directly in front of him. He immediately turned to the left, however, the pickup rotated in a counter-clockwise manner and its right side struck the horse and its rider. The collision caused the rider to be ejected on the roadway.
The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists that at 50 miles per hour, your vehicle is capable of traveling half the length of a football field in just a matter of two seconds. Keep both hands on the steering wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind focused at all times. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example.