Friday, June 28, 2013

Oakland horse riders thrown, injured after run-in with illegal Marin mountain bikers - Full Article

By Gary Klien

Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 06/22/2013 02:16:27 PM PDT

Marin authorities are trying to identify two young mountain bikers who illegally whipped down a rural Novato trail, causing two Oakland women to be thrown from their horses and injuring a horse that fled in a panic.

Lisa Zeppegno, who suffered spinal injuries in the incident, said the mountain bikers ignored their pleas for help and rode off. She was airlifted from the remote area some two hours later.

"I could've been killed," said Zeppegno, 44, of Oakland. "They came so fast and out of nowhere that the horses were spooked. I'm just lucky the horse didn't run over me."

The incident left the county's park director seething -- and vowing to hold the bicyclists and their parents accountable...

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