A horse died Saturday night when it ran in front of a pickup truck on Cuttings Wharf Road south of Los Carneros Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash was reported at 8:50 p.m.

John Garcia Jr., 45, of Napa, could not avoid the horse when it jumped in front of his 2003 Chevy Silverado, CHP Officer Anna Paulson said. Garcia was not injured. The owner of the horse was notified.

The horse suffered numerous and extensive injuries. When the owner requested that the officer “dispatch” the horse, the injured animal was shot at the scene, Paulson said.

The owner made arrangements for the horse to be picked up, Paulson said.

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Richard Waller
Richard Waller

A horse not under direct control of the rider must always be secured via halter and lead rope to a secure fixture, tree or post. A secured horse is a safe horse. This is the second horse fatality in CA in the past two weeks resulting from a poorly secured horse.

Halter, lead rope, secured to immovable object.


The horse was resting when something scared him and he ran towards home. There is 165ft of tire skid marks where the driver tried stopping, indicating he was going beyond the speed limit.


Someone was killed in this area a few years back when a horse escaped from a shoddy enclosure. The horse ran across the highway and a man in a vehicle could not stop and was killed.
Horse owners need to really make sure their enclosures are secure.


How did the horse get out ? What a shame.. poor horse.

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