Young Girl, Age 9, Year-Old And Her 62-Year-Old Horse Guide Critically Injured In Southwest Ranches Crash

A 9-year-old and her horse guide suffer possible life-threatening injuries after they were hit by the driver of a vehicle while riding their horses on Griffin Road in Davie.

According to police, the accident happened when the driver of a 2008 Toyota Tundra that was headed eastbound on Griffin Road dropped his cellphone while driving. The man reportedly reached down to pick it up causing him to lose sight of the road and crash into a young girl and her elderly horse guide as they rode their horses across the rode northbound on Southwest 198th Terrace.

Herb Garcia, the owner of the American Horse Trail business, said that there was no way the driver in the Toyota could not have seen the two victims crossing the street. Authorities say there were no brake marks at the scene of the crash. Both riders were ejected from their horses from the impact and the two horses they were on were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The girl’s father was said to have witnessed the collision.

EMS arrived to the scene of the accident soon after it happened to administer on-site first aid to the injured victims. Emergency crews reported that the 9-year-old girl was airlifted to the Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition. Police added that the girl’s 62-year-old horse guide, identified as Joy Shupnick from Miami, was also taken to the same hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officials say the incident is still under investigation and no further details were released.

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