Update: Ada coroner IDs woman who died in collision with horse

March 3, 2014 

The crash Monday morning was near Firebird Raceway, 8551 Idaho 16, Eagle.

Alma Sanchez, 43, of Emmett died after her car hit a horse on Idaho Highway 16 near Firebird Raceway before dawn Monday, Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg said. The coroner initially identified her as Alma Diaz, but later issued a correction that Sanchez is her current legal name.

Sanchez was driving east on Idaho 16 when her Honda Accord hit a horse, then veered across the westbound lane, through a fence and into a field. It then crashed through another section of barbed-wire fence and over a dirt driveway before hitting a 3-foot-high rock wall about 5 a.m., according to the coroner's news release.

Sanchez suffered a fatal head injury, the coroner said. She was not wearing a seat belt. Two passengers in her vehicle were transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

Moments later a Dodge Neon hit the horse's body in the road and flipped over, injuring one person, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reports. The horse died at the scene.

The horse was loose on the highway in an area that is not designated as free range, so the owner of the horse could be charged with a crime, the sheriff's office reports. That determination will be made by county prosecutors.

A second horse found running loose was corralled. Both horses apparently got out of a nearby field that had a broken fence panel. Deputies have contacted the owner of the horses, which were being boarded.

The highway was shut down in both directions Monday morning, and traffic was diverted around the accident area. Idaho 16 reopened at about 9:40 a.m., the sheriff's office reports.

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