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Horseback rider hit and run victim

A 20-year-old Post Falls woman is in intensive care at Kootenai Medical Center this morning after she was riding horseback on Garwood Road north of Hayden Tuesday night and was allegedly struck by a truck heading in the same direction.

Lauren Johnson suffered a fractured skull and collar bone, said Becca Lobato, a friend who was riding alongside Johnson.

Lobato said Johnson was temporarily unconscious and doesn't remember the accident that occurred between 5 and 10 miles east of U.S. 95. at about 8:30 p.m.

"The horse did a somersault from what I saw, and Lauren was face down on the (paved) road," Lobato said, adding that Johnson and the horse were sideswiped. Brian Walker, Cda Press

According to the story the horse was injured, too. Doesn't sound like the rider was wearing a helmet. How much of a creep do you have to be to sideswipe a horse and rider and just keep driving?



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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.