MEAD VALLEY (CBSLA) — Authorities say a girl celebrating her 16th birthday was injured when a suspected DUI driver struck her as she rode a horse in Riverside County.
Officials said the girl was injured — not seriously — but the horse was killed upon impact.
The crash unfolded in the 21000 block of Markham Street just after 8:15 p.m. Saturday.
It was then that authorities say the vehicle — a black BMW — slammed into the girl as she rode near the party.
The girl was thrown from the horse but, miraculously, only lost some skin on one of her legs.
Firefighters arrived on scene and reported that three people were injured. Two were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The seriously injured included the driver.
The third patient was evaluated by medics on the scene but declined further treatment.
Alcohol was suspected to be a factor in the collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold spoke to the man who was hosting the party at his home. He didn’t want to appear on camera but told her what happened.
“Everything was normal,” he said, “but then we heard this loud thump. Like boom. It was as if something ran into a car.”
Witnesses told her the car was traveling so fast they didn’t even see it coming and the driver made no attempt to stop or slam on the brakes.
The girl remains hospitalized but the homeowner knows it could have been a lot worse.
“She’s doing a lot better than I thought she was doing,” he said, “so that was good news.”