Two Horses Die After Leaving Local Bar


Two horses were fatally injured in a car crash Saturday night after leaving a north San Angelo bar.

At just after 10 p.m., Anthony Yanis was heading east in the 1400 block of Hughes St., when two horses, running west in the center of the road, appeared in his headlights.

Perhaps paralyzed by the obscurity of the sight, or perhaps unable to react quickly enough, Yanis struck the horses with his 2001 Chevy Silverado, fatally injuring one of the animals, which died almost immediately thereafter. 

When Gregorio Ponce, the owner of the animals arrived on scene, he stated he’d tied the horses up at a bar on Hughes St., but that they had somehow gotten loose. Presumably, he wanted to avoid getting a DWI that night and had ridden the horses to the bar with an accomplice.

Animal control was called to the scene to tend to the second horse, which was also injured in the crash. The horse had to be put down due to the severity of the injuries.

According to the accident report, Yanis refused an ambulance. Whether or not he sustained any injuries as a result of the crash is not listed.

The speed limit on Hughes St. is 35 mph.

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Headliner sounds like something from back in the day. Two horses die after leaving local bar, two drunk solders and prostitutes still missing!! (:
I get it the guy has had problems drinking and driving before. But, where is the logic? You can still get a public intoxication charge or injure yourself or others while riding your horse drunk. Think about the chance of two horses becoming untied at the same time and wandering off. That is fishy. Sounds like some jerk untied them as a stunt or joke and let them wander off. The moral of the story... call a taxi if you cannot drive or walk home from the bar...
It's a shame the two horses were killed. It's a shame the two horse's @$$es got away Scot free.
Amy ., Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:32
He still could have possibly gotten a DWI if he was caught riding the horse drunk. There was a well-publicized case in Austin a couple years back where 2 guys were given DWIs for riding horses while intoxicated down 6th street. But it was eventually overturned and lessened to a Public Intoxication. In Texas vehicles are considered "a device in, on or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a highway, except a device used exclusively on stationary rails or tracks." Then the question becomes, is the horse considered a "device"? At the very least the owner broke the city ordnance saying horses/livestock cannot run at large in the city.

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