At about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 68-year-old Ryan Y. Koyama, of Rancho Palos Verdes, was killed in a crash with a horse in Rolling Hills Estates. While traveling southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard in a 2003 Mercedes SL 500, Koyama collided with the horse, which was running in the road, near Palos Verdes Drive North, the impact causing the car to swerve off the road and crash into a pair of fences. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Due to the severity of its injuries, the horse was euthanized. Authorities are investigating the accident and have contacted the owner of the stable from which the animal escaped.
“When the owner of a stable neglects to properly secure horses, or the animals have proven dangerous to humans in the past, the owner may be held liable if the horses escape and cause an accident resulting in injury or death,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Rolling Hills Estates accounted for 1 of the 346 fatalities and 12 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, the incidence of traffic fatalities decreased by 11.9 percent from 3,081 in 2009 to 2,714 in 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ryan T. Koyama, the motorist who was killed in the crash with the horse.
The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this collision.
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