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Houston Child Fatally Struck While Horseback Riding

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

An 8-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding on horseback in northwest Harris County.

About the Fatal Accident

According to the Houston Chronicle, the young boy was horseback riding with his father when he and his horse were struck by an SUV.

The collision occurred as the two crossed Spears Road near Walters. The boy’s father stated that they had check for traffic and saw the vehicle in the “far, far distance.” Upon attempting to cross, the car was “right up on them” and struck the child.

The driver did not stop, later telling officials that he thought he had only hit a horse. The driver’s identity has not been released.

Firefighters told Deputy Chief Don Gilkey that the SUV was brought back to the scene by a tow truck, but the deputy did not explain the reasoning behind the action.

The boy, who was taken to Houston Northwest Hospital then airlifted to Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 3,377 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2012, marking a 1.05 percent increase from 3,413 deaths in 2012.
  • 55.76 percent of fatal collisions occurred in rural areas, and 767 people were killed in traffic collisions in or related to an intersection.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes, with 89,270 people sustaining serious injury.
  • There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2013.


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