Saturday, June 23, 2018
Public safety

Hernando drivers hit horse on Ayers Road; woman seriously hurt, animal dies

SPRING LAKE — A 20-year-old Brooksville woman was seriously injured Wednesday morning when her sport utility vehicle collided with a roaming horse on Ayers Road, then struck a utility pole, authorities said.

Lauren Nicole Matthews was driving west near Culbreath Road about 6 a.m. when the horse walked into the path of her Isuzu Rodeo, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Rodeo struck the horse, veered off the road, collided with a concrete culvert, launched into the air and struck the pole.

A short time later, a westbound 2008 Chrysler minivan driven by 56-year-old Margaret Ann Altman of Brooksville collided with the horse, killing the animal, troopers said.

Matthews was flown to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson; Altman had minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment.

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