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Woman killed after car hits horse on SR 198 in Payson

Posted at 9:34 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 23:34:46-04

PAYSON, Utah — A woman was killed Saturday night in Payson after the car she was in collided with a horse.

A horse escaped its enclosure and ran onto State Route 198, where it was hit.

A woman in her 60s riding as a passenger was killed. The male driver suffered serious injuries. The parties involved have not been identified.

Shari Tryfonas was relaxing after dinner with her friends in Payson when she heard the clomp of horses' hooves.

“'The horses got out!'” Tryfonas said she exclaimed. “Within a second, I peeked my head out and it was a crash.”

Running to the car, Tryfonas found a woman not breathing in the passenger seat. She tried to resuscitate her and called 911. 

“It really shook me, and everyone was visibly shaken,” Tryfonas said.

Watching as the husband took his seat belt off, Tryfonas said he leaned over to the woman — who police said was his wife — and kissed her on the forehead, saying goodbye.

“He knew she was gone,” she said.

Red Devil, the 10-year-old horse Tryfonas said she was riding just days before the accident, was killed too. 

“It’s just tragic, all the way around,” she said.