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Top 10 Stories: Car, Horse Collide

Palos Verdes Patch is counting down its 10 biggest local stories from 2012. No. 3: A car crashes into a horse that escaped from Seahorse Riding Club.

It's been a crazy year. Palos Verdes Patch writers were busy writing about vandalism at the local high school, a missing diver and panga landings, among other topics. Here is the No. 3 story of the year, chosen by popularity and editorial discretion.

Driver Dies After Striking Horse (No. 3)

A horrific collision between a car and a horse on Crenshaw Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates on Sept. 18 resulted in the death of the driver and the horse.

Ryan Y. Koyama, 69, died at Torrance Memorial Medical Center shortly after the crash. According to the preliminary investigation, Koyama was driving south on Crenshaw Boulevard when he struck the horse, which had somehow gotten loose from Seahorse Riding Club up the street.

The horse was euthanized at the scene by a local veterinarian.

Members of the equestrian community speculated that the horse had jumped the fence to escape the stables, as the facility's gates were locked, according to trainer Devon Gibson.

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For more top stories from this year, click here.

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