HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) --
Two people were injured and a car was damaged after police say a skateboarder spooked a horse.
Holland's city website features a smiling couple and their young child in a horse drawn carriage, just like another family on Thursday night. The situation became dangerous, though, when the horse was scared.
"He was kicking his feet up in the air," says Jim Smith, who witnessed the incident.
Smith also saw the 19-year-old driver desperately try to stop the horse, "trying to pull on the reins, trying to get it back, talking. I couldn't hear what she was saying, but she was trying to get him under control."
However, the eight-year-old horse named Bullet broke free.
Witnesses say the horse and carriage had only traveled about a block on 8th Street when something spooked the animal. Police say a skateboarder had fallen in front of the horse's path and the animal took off.
"Everybody started running and yelling and hollering," says Smith.
Police say the horse headed west on 8th street, then turned south on Central to 10th Street, where it was eventually stopped by officers and bystanders. During the escape, the horse damaged a parked vehicle and knocked over a 69-year-old woman who is expected to be okay.
"I think it's very dangerous for them to have carriage rides during [the street performers series] because there are so many people in the streets," says Audrey Bloemendaal, a Holland resident.
"It wouldn't stop us from doing it; it wouldn't stop us from coming down to the Thursday events either," says Allan Hoekstra, a Holland resident.
"It's a nice addition to our downtown area, and it's just unfortunate that something like this had to happen," says Smith.
The horse's owner tells WZZM 13 that the carriage needs to be fixed and her horse's spirit needs time to heal.
The driver of the carriage suffered minor injuries. The passengers, a couple and their three-year-old daughter, were not hurt.
Police want to speak with the skater who fell in front of the horse. He left the scene before officers could talk with him. Anyone with information on the case should call Sgt. Jon Boeve by calling 616-355-1737 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also contact Silent Observer.