Woman Injured During 4th of July Parade

Written by Estero Bay News

July 16, 2023

It was an un-happy Fourth of July for a woman watching a parade in North County, after she was injured in a run-away horse accident.

According to Sheriff’s spokesman, Tony Cipolla, about 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 during the Templeton Independence Day Parade, “a pony in the parade got spooked and ran into the crowd in the 600 block of Crocker Street in Templeton. The pony was pulling a cart with two people inside. When the pony entered the crowd, the shaft that attaches the cart to the pony’s harness, struck a 61-year-old woman in the leg, impaling the shaft in her thigh.”

Sheriff’s deputies, Templeton Fire Department and San Luis Ambulance all responded to the scene and the woman was taken to the hospital for her injuries. Cipolla said they did not know her condition. 

She was not identified by the Sheriff’s Department. The people riding in the runaway horse’s wagon were not injured, but it messed up the parade.

“The parade was then diverted to another street while the woman was being treated,” Cipolla said.

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