UPDATE: This incident is no longer believed to be a hit-and-run crash. Sheriff’s officials report that after the crash, the driver of the involved truck drove to his business nearby, then called authorities to report hitting the horse.
SOUTH EL MONTE — A horse died in the roadway late Thursday after a hit-and-run crash in South El Monte, authorities said.
The incident was reported about 8:30 p.m. on Peck Road, just south of the 60 Freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Authorities found a saddled horse lying dead in the roadway, CHP Officer Jessi Sanchez said. They searched the area for a rider, but had not located one late Thursday.
Based on the impact suffered by the horse and debris left at the scene, he said, investigators suspected an Isuzu box truck or big rig struck the animal and continued driving.
The area where the horse’s body was found is lined with both commercial and private equestrian properties, sheriff’s officials said.