Ryan Y. Koyama, 69, was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles after his vehicle struck a horse in traffic lanes. According to a news article in the Daily Breeze, the fatal car accident occurred early morning on September 18, 2012 in Rolling Hills Estates. Police say Koyama was driving south on Crenshaw Boulevard near Palos Verdes Drive North when the front of his Mercedes SL 500 hit the left side of the horse. The car rolled south and crashed into a fence. Koyama was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The horse escaped from Seahorse Riding Club. The horse died at the scene as well.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Ryan Koyama for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 24 were injured as a result of car accidents in Rancho Palos Verdes. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 530 fatalities and 50,513 injuries were reported due to car accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, the horse had escaped from the riding club and was walking in traffic lanes. A trainer at the club told the Daily Breeze that all gates were locked and that they do not know how the horse got out. I trust officials are looking into precisely how the animal escaped.
If the horse had left the facility due to an employee’s negligence, then, the riding club can be held liable for Koyama’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses and funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, and loss of love and companionship. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.