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Driver Flees After hit-and-run Involving Man Riding a Horse in Phelan

PHELAN:( Police continue to search for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run on Sunday night that left a man and his horse injured.

On July 17th, at approximately 10:15 p.m. units responded to the area of Wilson Ranch Road Between Wilson Road and La Mesa reference the report of a hit-and-run.

According to CHP Officer Rob Grieve, a 29-year-old man, identified as Roberto Orosco and his friend were out riding horses heading northbound on Wilson Ranch Road.

A GMC truck traveling southbound swerved towards the riders and struck the horse being ridden by Orosco. Mr. Orosco was ejected from the horse and the horse was thrown over the truck and into the bed of the pickup truck. “The horse eventually fell out of the bed of the pickup truck about 500 feet down the road,” stated Grieves.

Orosco was transported to Desert Valley Hospital by ground ambulance. Friends say he sustained a broken leg and back injuries. The horse suffered a leg injury. Both are alive and recovering.

The driver never stopped and continued to drive away at a high rate of speed on Wilson Ranch and turned right on Duncan Road.

The suspect vehicle is described as a 90’s model GMC Sonoma with front end damage on the left side, and possible damage to the hood and a busted out window.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the CHP office at (760)241-1186.

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