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Man Charged With Hit-Run Crash That Killed 2 Horses, Injured 2 People

After hitting the two riders, the van crashed into a wall where it became disabled, and Garcia allegedly fled the scene on foot.

A man accused of slamming his van into two equestrians in Lakeview Terrace, severely injuring the riders and killing the horses, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of hit-and-run driving.

Rolando Garcia, 32, appeared in a San Fernando courtroom and pleaded not guilty to the charge, which includes an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury.

The two riders were struck about 9:40 p.m. last Friday on Foothill Boulevard, near Wheatland Avenue. The horses died at the scene and the riders were transported to a hospital for treatment of severe injuries, according to Los Angeles police.

After hitting the two riders, the van crashed into a wall where it became disabled, and Garcia allegedly fled the scene on foot.

He was arrested by Los Angeles police about 5:05 a.m. Saturday. Garcia remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail while awaiting his next court appearance Nov. 14.

Animals are in jeopardy following the Easy Fire with one horse undergoing surgery after injuries sustained during evacuations. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.
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