Fresno woman killed when SUV hits horse on Highway 99 in Tulare County

The Fresno BeeJanuary 2, 2014 

Soledad Ochoa Hernandez died when a sport utility vehicle collided with a horse that wandered onto Highway 99 in Tulare County on Wednesday night. The crash happened around 9:15 p.m. in the northbound lanes between Pixley and Earlimart, the Tulare County Fire Department reported. The horse was directly in the path of a Subaru Crosstrek driven by David Rojo, 23, of Fresno. Hernandez, 22, was a passenger in the front seat and received fatal injuries, the California Highway Patrol said.

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A Fresno woman was killed New Year's Night when the SUV she was riding in with her fiancé hit a horse on Highway 99.

The crash happened around 9:15 p.m. in the northbound lanes between Pixley and Earlimart, the California Highway Patrol reported. The CHP said the horse apparently wandered onto the highway and was directly in the path of a Subaru Crosstrek sport utility vehicle driven by David Rojo, 23, of Fresno.

Soledad Ochoa Hernandez, 22, was a passenger in the front seat and received fatal injuries, the CHP said.

Friends of the couple said they were recently engaged and spent New Year's in Las Vegas with friends. Hernandez planned to start shopping for a wedding dress Thursday and they were planning to get married sometime this year.

She was a senior at Fresno State, with a double major in history and Chicano studies, according to the university.

A candlelight vigil for Hernandez is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Mary Queen of Apostles Church, 4636 W. Dakota Ave. in Fresno. Friends plan to have a donation box available to help the family with funeral expenses.

Rojo suffered only minor injuries -- cuts on his face, the Tulare County Fire Department reported.

The CHP said it's still investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Visalia CHP office at (559) 734-6767.

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