Horse Dies in U.S. 41 Crash in Ruskin
The three-vehicle crash shut down parts of U.S. 41 for several hours this morning.
RUSKIN – A car struck and killed a horse early this morning (Sept. 12) causing a three-vehicle crash and shutting down parts of U.S. 41 in Ruskin for several hours, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash happened about 6:17 a.m. on U.S. 41 about 100 feet north of Old U.S. 41A. Deputies said two horses escaped from Sun City Stables and were trying to cross U.S. 41 when one was hit and killed by Ricardo Mendieta of Ruskin who was driving north in a 2007 Toyota Camry. After the initial impact, the horse was hit by two more vehicles.
Mendieta was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital South for non-life threatening injuries. Veronica Monsivais, who was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox, also had minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph’s. A 2010 Toyota Corolla struck the horse as well but the driver, Jonathan Bedoya, was not hurt.
U.S. 41 N was closed for several hours for the investigation and to allow the Florida Department of Transportation to have the roadway cleared. U.S. 41 is now open.
No charges are pending, deputies said.
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