DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - A horse is dead after being struck by multiple vehicles in Desert Hot Springs Monday night. The equestrian riding the horse was knocked off before the horse was struck, and the rider was hospitalized with major injuries.
Now officials with Riverside County Department of Animal Services are educating the community about the dangers of riding horses in the dark.
First responders were called out to the scene just after 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Palm Drive and 20th avenue. According to officers on scene, the equestrian was riding the horse when they were knocked off, the horse continued on before being struck by multiple vehicles.
The rider was taken to the hospital with major injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Authorities said most responsible horse owners know they shouldn't be riding horses in the darker hours, but think this serious incident may act as a harsh reminder about public safety when riding horses during evening hours.
One lane on Palm Drive was shut down for several hours while law enforcement investigated the collision. The lane reopened by 5:30 a.m.
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