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Woman Killed In Lakeland Village While Trying To Capture Her Miniature Horse

The incident was reported shortly before 6 a.m.

UPDATED AT 8:15 a.m.: A woman who was trying to catch her escaped Miniature horse along Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village was struck and killed by a car.

The incident was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday at 19375 Grand Avenue, between Ontario Way and Borchard Road.

California Highway Patrol Officer G. Velasco confirmed the deceased was a Lakeland Village resident in her early 40s who was married with children.

According to witnesses, the woman was trying to capture her horse early this morning after it got away from her, the officer said. With the help of witnesses, "they got the horse out of the roadway and were trying to corral it," Velasco said.

The woman did not have a halter with her, so she asked her daughter, who was also at the scene, to remove her belt and use it as a halter, the officer explained.

"At some point the victim backed onto the road," he continued. It's unknown why she went into the road, but shortly thereafter she was hit by a maroon Chrysler 300 traveling southbound on Grand Avenue, the officer said.

The female driver regularly travels the route to work and did not see the victim, Velasco said.

"It was extremely dark, there are no street lights, and the victim was wearing all black clothes," he explained.

Drugs or alcohol did not play a factor, Velasco confirmed.

Grand Avenue was completely closed until approximately 7:30 a.m.

The brown and white pinto Miniature horse was captured approximately two hours later in a field behind Elsinore First Assembly Church on Grand Avenue and brought to safety. Click here to read more about the animal's capture.

Diana February 15, 2013 at 06:25 PM
But wait, even though Jefferies has only been in position for 5 weeks he has lived in Lakeland Village on Grand Ave for how many years? He must be aware of the much needed attention that Grand Ave calls out for, right?
Jeff Greene February 15, 2013 at 07:06 PM
One Voice--He is very aware of the problem. That's a big reason he ran--so he could do something about it. The state legislature can't fix a local road. Only the supervisor can do that. The old guy had 20 years to try and failed. Kevin now is identifying what resources are available to do something.
Diana February 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Jeff, for years I have contacted the County about the problems on Grand Ave I travel this road twice a day and so does my Husband, our shop is located there. For years I have been given the dog & pony show and without much result. Impatient, I think I have been more then patient after I have watched so many people die on this road and almost been a victim on more then one occasion. Mr. Jefferies has been involved in this area for many years also being a resident on this dangerous street. I would think that with his political influence he would of tried to make his neighborhood more safe by perhaps reporting the dangers to his fellow County associates. I attended a PAC meeting to try again to get the County to pay attention but unfortunately those in attendance were more concerned over horse-trails and who was going to maintain them, then street lights and safety for Grand Ave. I was glad to read another article on The Patch addressing this issue, I hope something is done soon, if not, you can bet there will a public demand for something to be done, this road has been neglected to long.
Rat Fink February 16, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Good Lord! Another fatality on Grand Ave! The 3rd this month? Just looking back in the Patch archives I count 7 since 2011. This woman’s family must be suffering terribly. My heartfelt condolences to them all. I lost my own sister to a drunk driver while she was walking her dog at 8 am. All of the above comments about the safety issues on Grand Ave. are basically true. The road is long straight and largely unpatrolled. This is mostly why it is a speedway. It is dark at night and there are no sidewalks (for most of the road). I agree that the stretch of Grand Ave. between Corydon and Riverside is a major problem. I’m just guessing that the tax revenues along there aren’t enough to pay for improvements. I don’t support widening Grand. That would turn it into a faster speedway. Plus the property owners along that stretch aren’t going to give up their street fronts without remuneration. I live on Grand. Just crossing the street to visit friends is perilous anytime, day or night, and my section has street lights. Last March Gabriel Lopez was killed crossing Grand just feet from a street light. It really doesn’t matter if Kevin Jeffries has been in office 5 weeks or 5 years. This is his District, his neighborhood and should be his focus point. Jeff Green needs to lighten up. He is showing a decided lack of compassion.
Beth February 16, 2013 at 07:35 PM
This is my second mom :'( I grew up with her daughter who is like a sister to me Trish was always there for me when things were happening in my family, I miss her so much and just anything that has to do with her or someone mentions my sisters name I just tear up because seeing her in this pain makes me feel so sad..I love you so much Trish<3 You are loved and missed dearly<3 see you in two weeks..They need to put lights all the way down on Grand and not just sections of it and people who don't have their lights on need to get pulled over and warned..seriously. AND she never did back up on the road! I know her she would never do that at all she was so careful around the streets when walking, and she even had a flashlight on her phone waving how did the lady not see that...the lady is the one who was distracted and veered off into her..I miss my second mom so much!

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