Man dies after hitting horses

There are 20 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Nov 12, 2008, titled Man dies after hitting horses. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Two stray horses caused a deadly crash early Tuesday on Highway 1 in North Monterey County.

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you gots to get down

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Nov 12, 2008
What a terrible story.
anon

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Nov 12, 2008
The CHP indicent site said a man named Robert Lopez claimed the horses. Yes, terrible story. Sadly avoidable, IMO.
SantaCruzResiden t

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Nov 12, 2008
Leave it to the Sentinel to not have all the details.
Jeff

Oakland, CA

#4 Nov 12, 2008
Poor guy...that sucks
commuter

United States

#5 Nov 12, 2008
This was a terrible accident and I am appalled that the CHP did not at least cover the horse remains piled on the side of Highway 1 for at least 6 hours after the incident. I was horrified by what I saw that morning and feel that whoever clears an accident like that from the highway should be responsible for sparing people from seeing total carnage on the side of the highway.
lala

Davis, CA

#6 Nov 12, 2008
The owner of the horses should be 100% responsible for the man's life and damages. The owner should definlty be finacially resposible, see many years behind bars and man slaughter charges.
Gabe in Redding

United States

#7 Nov 12, 2008
In response to commuter:

It is the owners responsibility to claim the remains in the case of large animals. I do agree though that they should have covered them or something.
We had something similar a while back up here where the horse's owner didn't claim it for almost a week. I think they ended up fining that guy.
C H P

United States

#8 Nov 12, 2008
unreal they did not cover up the horses. The law people are acting out like Mr Lee
Gabe in Redding

United States

#9 Nov 12, 2008
lala:

Without knowing what happened its totally irresponsible to place blame on the horses owner. They may have just jumped the fence, or it may have been trespassers.
Whatever

United States

#10 Nov 12, 2008
Gabe in Redding wrote:
lala:
Without knowing what happened its totally irresponsible to place blame on the horses owner. They may have just jumped the fence, or it may have been trespassers.
It is not irresponsible to place blame on the owner. He is responsible for everything that happened. Hwys are for vehicles, not anything else. I hope that man who died was married because she is going to be one rich widow now.

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Richmond, CA

#11 Nov 12, 2008
Talk about some mass carnage on the highway.
Rich Widow comment

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 Nov 12, 2008
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>It is not irresponsible to place blame on the owner. He is responsible for everything that happened. Hwys are for vehicles, not anything else. I hope that man who died was married because she is going to be one rich widow now.
You make abosolutely no sense. No wonder our world is the way it is. People like you who only look for someone to blame and sue. Like that's going to bring this person back and make things all better. Sure someone should be held accountable but hoping the victim is married just so his wife can sue makes no sense to me.
Whatever

United States

#13 Nov 12, 2008
He should have had his horses controlled, this poor man was coming home from work. So yes, I hope there is someone to go after him. I didnt say it would bring him back but he looked like an idiot on tv last night like "what" how could this have happend. Well it did and your two horses where on hwy 1 and killed a man, gotta pay up now
Art

King City, CA

#14 Nov 13, 2008
Whatever wrote:
He should have had his horses controlled, this poor man was coming home from work. So yes, I hope there is someone to go after him. I didnt say it would bring him back but he looked like an idiot on tv last night like "what" how could this have happend. Well it did and your two horses where on hwy 1 and killed a man, gotta pay up now
Is it possible to sue the guy who owned the horses??
If so, can u let me know and e-mail me to
arturo.arellano@yahoo.com
The guy who died was my uncle and yes he just got off from work from n 12hr shift from Santa Cruz.
anon

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Nov 13, 2008
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>It is not irresponsible to place blame on the owner. He is responsible for everything that happened. Hwys are for vehicles, not anything else. I hope that man who died was married because she is going to be one rich widow now.
That is the stupidest thing to be wished on anyone I've ever read. Your single interest is money? You are disgusting.
MFJ

San Jose, CA

#16 Nov 13, 2008
Javier was a wonderful man with a heart the size of a bear, I'am glad to say I knew him and will miss his smile and his chuckle. My best go to his wife and children, Goodbye Javier I will miss you.
P.S. I hate horse's always have and now always will.
lulu

Watsonville, CA

#17 Nov 15, 2008
lala wrote:
The owner of the horses should be 100% responsible for the man's life and damages. The owner should definlty be finacially resposible, see many years behind bars and man slaughter charges.
Show some compation. You suck
luis ayesta

Lima, Peru

#18 Nov 18, 2008
iam luis ayesta u worked with javier the last 4 yers closing in dominos him and me we worked more 16 hours a day and i am in peru right now and when my frned roberto callme i cant believe yo pense q esto no pasaba talvez muchos me conoceran y se q no sera alo mismo ahra q vuelva a trabajar sin el
Robert

Twentynine Palms, CA

#19 Jun 2, 2009
Hey Luis, this is Robert I worked with you and Javier open to close. I can't believe Javier is gone. He was such a good person, not an evil bone in his body. This is one man that did not deserve this. I only have wonderful memories of you Javier I miss your smile and kind heart.
dan

Salinas, CA

#20 Jun 3, 2009
I don't believe this, you say he's to be financially responsible & jail time..,yeah right!
The owner had no intentions on hurting either; the horses nor the man.
These are freak accident and incidents that can happen to anyone. example.. If you own a pet and crosses my path while I'm driving and I get killed, that makes you responsible and you should go to jail; Rediculous !!!
lala wrote:
The owner of the horses should be 100% responsible for the man's life and damages. The owner should definlty be finacially resposible, see many years behind bars and man slaughter charges.

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