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Pony on California freeway clipped by hit-and-run driver

September 30, 2019
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In this Sept. 29, 2019 photo provided by California Highway Patrol, Santa Fe Springs, CHP officers Rico Lawson, left, and Jacqueline Sicara stand along the side of the freeway with a pony after it went loose and was struck by a hit-and-run driver on a Los Angeles-area freeway, leaving the small horse slightly injured. (CHP Santa Fe Springs via AP)
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In this Sept. 29, 2019 photo provided by California Highway Patrol, Santa Fe Springs, CHP officers Rico Lawson, left, and Jacqueline Sicara stand along the side of the freeway with a pony after it went loose and was struck by a hit-and-run driver on a Los Angeles-area freeway, leaving the small horse slightly injured. (CHP Santa Fe Springs via AP)

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a pony that was loose on a Los Angeles-area freeway, leaving the small horse slightly injured.

The California Highway Patrol says a 10-year-old boy had been riding the pony Sunday at a home when he fell off and the animal ran away.

The CHP says the pony made its way onto westbound State Route 91 in Long Beach, where it was clipped by a black SUV. The driver sped away.

CHP Officer Marco Iniguez told the Los Angeles Times that someone stopped to help the injured animal, which suffered abrasions to its forelegs.

The horse was evaluated by animal control officers and reunited with its owner.

The CHP shared a photo of the rescued pony online.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/