Horse drawn carriage incident injures 2 people

Press release date: Thu Jul 3rd, 2014


The Holland Department of Public Safety is investigating an incident that occurred around 8:30 Thursday evening near 8th Street and Central Ave.  Holland Reserve Police Officers working the Street Performers Series downtown Holland reported via radio that a horse had been spooked and ran out of control on 8th Street.

The horse drawn carriage was occupied by a Holland couple with their 3 year old daughter and the driver of the carriage, a 19 year old Holland woman, when an unidentified male on a skateboard fell in front of the horse's path causing the horse to be spooked and bolt forward.  The driver of the carriage attempted to stop the horse and received minor injuries in the process.  The horse ran westbound on 8th Street to Central Ave, south on Central to 10th Street where the horse and carriage struck a parked vehicle.  This collision broke the horse free from the carriage and the horse continued eastbound on 10th Street.  The passengers in the carriage were not injured.

The horse continued to run east bound 10th Street to Colllege Ave and then north to 8th Street where police officers and bystanders were able to secure the horse.  A 69 year old woman from Ionia received minor injuries when she was struck and knocked down by the horse as it turned from 8th Street onto Central Ave.  She was transported by Amercian Medical Response (AMR) to Holland Community Hospital were she was treated and released.

Holland Police are investigating the incident and would like to speak to the male subject on the skateboard who did not stay in the area to be identified.  Anyone that has additional information or who may have seen the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Jon Boeve at 616-355-1737 or via email at .  Persons wishing to remain anonymous may do so by contacting Silent Observer.