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Turlock Horse Rider and Car Crash on Harding Road

Turlock Horse Rider and Car Crash on Harding Road

Horse Killed, Rider Seriously Injured in Turlock Crash on Harding Road

TURLOCK, CA (August 11, 2021) – A crash killed a horse and seriously injured its rider on Harding Road in Turlock.

According to The Modesto Bee and CBS Sacramento, the tragic accident occurred on Wednesday morning. Officers reported the collision shortly after 9 a.m.

The incident began when 27-year-old Isaac Leal was driving a Chevrolet Silverado north on Youngstown Road, rounding the bend into Harding Road in Turlock.

The California Highway Patrol said the Delhi man then continued east. At the same time, a 19-year-old Turlock woman was riding the horse westbound.

Isaac Leal turned to the left, causing his car to rotate. In the process, the right side of the Silverado collided with the horse and the rider in the 2300 block of Harding Road.

Victim Hit by Distracted Driver

The woman ended up thrown onto the roadway as a result of the collision. Firefighters along with the paramedics soon arrived at the scene, just west of Highway 99 and north of the Merced County line.

The horse died while the rider sustained major injuries upon impact. Medical personnel rushed her to the Doctors Medical Center and listed her in serious condition.

Officials did not disclose the name of the wounded victim. Meanwhile, Isaac Leal told CHP that he was distracted prior to the accident.

He reached down to get a bottle of water and failed to see the horse and rider on the road. Officers forced a stretch of Harding Road to shut down following the collision.

The fatal Turlock crash is still under investigation.


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