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Two Hurt as Skateboarder Causes Horse to Run Wild in Downtown Holland

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HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Holland’s Street Performer Series has been a hit since its inception several years ago, but a byproduct of its success has some concerned, and what happened last night may not help.

Residents and visitors have become more vocal in their criticism of apparent “inappropriate behavior” among teens in the downtown area during the weekly Thursday evening summer activities, and while there hasn’t been any reported increase in criminal activity, the impression of uncontrolled mischief by some youths could lead to the perception of a lack of proper safety for those along 8th Street.

According to Holland Public Safety, a man riding a skateboard apparently fell in front of a horse-drawn carriage on 8th Street near Central Avenue around 8:30 PM. It caused the startled animal to start running, with a 19-year-old Holland woman at the reins trying to bring it back under control, and a couple with a three-year-old girl in the carriage along for the wild ride.

The horse took off south on Central Avenue to 10th Street and hit a parked vehicle, which caused the carriage to break loose. The animal was eventually corralled by officers and bystanders in the area of College Avenue and 8th Street. By that time, the driver and a 69-year-old Ionia woman struck by the horse’s flight suffered minor injuries.

The skateboarder fled the scene after sparking the incident, and Holland Public Safety would like to speak to him. Tips to Silent Observer (877-88-SILENT, http://mosotips.com) are welcome.

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