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A Woman and her Horse Survive Horrific Hit and Run Accident

HAYDEN, Id. - A North Idaho woman and her horse are recovering tonight, after the two were struck by a hit and run driver Tuesday evening.  Kootenai County Deputies say 20-year-old Lauren Johnson was left for dead on Garwood Road near Hayden and they are looking for the person responsible.

"I just didn't even think she would live through this," said friend Rebecca Lobato, who was riding her horse with Johnson at the time of the accident.

Lobato says both she and Johnson were riding on the side of the road just before sunset, when a person driving a dark truck came speeding toward them, hitting Johnson and then took off as if nothing ever happened.

"She was the closest to the road, but we were riding side by side," said Lobato. "The truck came and smashed into the side of her horse, sending her horse tumbling forward and Lauren tumbling in the opposite direction."

Lobato says she immediately jumped off of her horse to find Lauren face down on the pavement and frantically flagged down the next car to pass them by to call for help. 

"I was so scared, I thought she was dead, she wasn't moving."

By some miracle though, both Johnson and her horse Blondie survived the accident. Blondie now walks with a limp, has several gashes on her body and a potentially fractured pelvis. Her veterinarians say they won't know much more until the swelling on her body dies down, but expect she will be just fine. Johnson fractured her collar bone and skull, she has no memory of the accident and remains in the hospital tonight. Investigators are now calling on the public to come forward with any information they might have.

"I just can't believe someone would not even stop to see if she is ok," said Johnson.  Obviously the knew at the very least they hit a 1200 pound horse. I can't believe they would just drive away.  I  hope someone comes forward with information to help take some of the pain off of the family."

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