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.

wildomar res February 14, 2013 at 05:35 PM
That is very sad. I saw her lying there right after the ambulance had just arrived. That whole area needs to be more lit up. My prayers go out to her family.
Lisa February 14, 2013 at 06:19 PM
So horrible. Prayers for her family and friends.
rodger cambell February 14, 2013 at 06:38 PM
We all need to start a campaing to get this problem fixed. Does anyone know who to start sending our emails too?
Mandi Macabre February 14, 2013 at 06:45 PM
I live off of Borchard... Even with the signal at Ontario, people FLY through this area. This is might not be the driver's fault in this case, but Grand Ave isin need of many safety upgrades.
The Teller of Truth February 14, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Such a tragedy! My heartfelt condolences go out to this poor ladys family and friends.
One Voice February 14, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Try flooding Kevin Jefferies with emails, he lives on Grand in Lakeland Village and is more then aware of this road and it's potential to kill and yet does nothing.
Papi Santelices February 14, 2013 at 07:17 PM
this was a very close friend, Her name is Trish Aragon I'm stil in a dream nightmare. Please keep the family in your prayers. Thank you. Papi Santelices
rodger cambell February 14, 2013 at 07:21 PM
I agree. We need the street improvements that they keep promising to do after a bunch if us get killed.
Constant Comment February 14, 2013 at 07:44 PM
So sorry for your loss. We'll keep Mrs. Aragon in our prayers. So sad.
Ellie February 14, 2013 at 08:39 PM
This is my Tia we all heartbroken we are just trying to come to terms with it and her daughter who witnessed the whole thing is just trying to come to terms she will be missed love you tia!!
Chris Hyland February 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM
It is time to get Grand Avenue through Lakeland Village with police patrol to stop the outrageous speeding that goes on in that area. People think they are on the Indianapolis Speedway. There is no protection in 98% of that street for people walking in the dirt along side the road or those trying to cross the road and law enforcement does not patrol as they should until someone is killed. Recently there have too many situations for people trying to cross the street or just walking along side the road which is DIRT. NO SIDEWALKS. Its time to get Supevisor Jeffries off his seat and get some traffic protection for the people who have to contend with speedsters on GRAND AVENUE IN LAKELAND VILLAGE. More stop lights, etcccccccccccccccc
Scott Shanklin February 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM
The Lake Elsinore City Council recently held a meeting on Friday morning as reported by the Patch here http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/lake-elsinore-takes-step-to-move-the-city-forward Let's hope they put their money where their mouths are and 1) actually follow through with it and 2) include much needed improvements to Grand Ave. in their plans so we can eliminate (or at the very least reduce) tragedies like this one.
Ken Mayes February 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM
All the money in the world will not solve the problem's on Grand Ave. As long as the two-legged jack-a**es flying down the road in 2+ tons of automobile continue to drive without a care in the world about anybody else on the road but themselves these incidents are going to happen. Today Grand, tomorrow Riverside Drive, the Freeway the next day, it doesn't matter which road or how well its built nor how many cops on it.
julian February 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM
This is a tragic story. My condolences to her family. She was clearly an animal lover and that says a lot about the kind of person she was. The road is dangerous and traffic is only increasing on it as the surrounding area grows and develops. Something clearly needs to be done because deaths of one type or another on this road seem to be a weekly occurrence. This is a beautiful and under-appreciated area and this road needs to be improved pronto.
Jeff Greene February 15, 2013 at 01:43 AM
A little impatient, aren't we? Kevin was sworn in a month ago and is already working on the problem. He had no jurisdiction over local roads and lights at the water district or in the state legislature.
Jeff Greene February 15, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Kevin was sworn in a month ago and is already working on the problem. Coincidentally, we had meetings yesterday afternoon and this morning about Grand Avenue issues and attempts to identify solutions (and funding for solutions) after 20 years of neglect by his predecessor. He had no jurisdiction over local roads and lights at the water district or in the state legislature, so let's give him more than 5 weeks to fix it! Jeff Greene Chief of Staff Supervisor Kevin Jeffries
Cassie Marquez February 15, 2013 at 02:07 AM
My prayers go out to her family<3 Im very close friends with her daughter it breaks my heart to hear this :/
Frankie February 15, 2013 at 05:51 AM
Sorry Ken but there are safety measures that can be taken on this highly traveled road to try and help with the unsafe issues. I drive this road every day and am very aware of the unsafe realities that it delivers, unmarked lanes, no street lighting, 10,000 cars on a mission to the Ortega. Do not take the liability away from the County for the conditions of this road, it is long over due for widening, street lights and whatever it takes to relive the deaths from happening. Three people have lost their loved ones to this dangerous road in two weeks time, this is unacceptable!
Arthur Spooner February 15, 2013 at 06:08 AM
I would say that lighting would help, but I have driven this road in broad daylight and I still feel unsafe. One of the problems with Grand is everyone is racing to get to work in the a.m.Always running late! Leave 10 minutes earlier!
Barbara Dye February 15, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Jeff Greene Thank you for your comment. I am going to post the same. Give Supervisor Jeffries a chance. He has only been in office 5 weeks and his predecessor was here for 20 and only made this problem worst with that center lane. He was in office 20 years and never did anything to make this problem better.
Christine Hunt February 15, 2013 at 08:21 AM
That was a stupid attack on the wrong person. Attack the idiots that come over the Ortega~late for work and speed down Grand to get to the 15!! And how many school zones do you all speed thru?! 3!!! To go south on 15~you all speed thru 3 school zones! Go back to the 5~Please!
One Voice February 15, 2013 at 04:53 PM
TUMP money does not pertain to this road, there is no developing going on now or for a very long time. If this area waits for developing TUMP money nothing will ever be done to make it safe, the County turns a blind eye to this area, where is the street light that was suppose to go in on Blackwell, if you ask the County they tell you it is already in place? The same for the sidewalks along Grand/Riverside for the kids to walk on, this project was funded, bid excepted TWO years ago, why are the sidewalks not in place? A street light is so needed on Grand/Riverside Dr. all the commuters that get off the 15FWY, take Lake Street and then get on Grand/Riverside Dr, huge traffic problem. Again the County needs to step up and spend some money on this area and make it safer.
Jeff Greene February 15, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Your credibility is suffering here, LER. Do you know many TUMF (not TUMP) exemptions Kevin Jeffries has given to developers in the five weeks he's been on the Board? ZERO Or was this more of a "when did you stop beating your wife" question? Give him a chance to actually identify some solutions (short and long term) for the areas that have been neglected for the last 20 years before you start complaining about what you would have done differently. Jeff Greene Chief of Staff Supervisor Kevin Jeffries
dk69 February 15, 2013 at 05:33 PM
First off she didn't back up onto the road I only know because that's my mom... </3 It was the idiot driver who didn't even bother having her headlights on! my mom didn't deserve this... she is a very kind woman who has a heart bigger than the galaxy... the driver wasn't paying No attention and my mom had to pay the price.. now just this my family is going to try our best to fight this tragic accident 1:Because 'she backed onto the road is Nothing close to what happen 2:the cops lied and said that they took my mom the the hospital 3: even worse they didn't do Nothing about the stupid driver who caused my mom's death and the heartaches my family has . so therefore when I see the drive I am going to confront her about this End of story
Jeff Greene February 15, 2013 at 05:41 PM
One Voice--It is a TUMF-eligible road, and we will be trying to get it on the project list for Southwest Riverside. Since it is in the best interests of Elsinore, Wildomar, and the Supervisor Jeffries, we are hopeful we have the votes for it, but it will still be years before we could actually complete a full project there. We are also looking at interim projects like sidewalks, crosswalks, or traffic signals, as well as street lighting, though that will likely require an ongoing funding commitment that is harder to identify without a direct assessment. Jeff Greene Chief of Staff Supervisor Kevin Jeffries
One Voice 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.
One Voice 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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