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Child Hit By Car In Lakeland Village

“The driver stated that she was looking the other way and did not see the child."

A Lake Elsinore woman has been arrested on suspicion of hitting a child with her car in Lakeland Village and then leaving the scene.

Kathleen Zeller, 25, was arrested Dec. 14 at her home around 4:45 p.m. after police received a call from a witness about the incident, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Nathan Baer.

The alleged hit-and-run occurred around 2:42 p.m. Friday as children crossed Rome Hill heading south at Grand Avenue, Baer explained.

Reading from a report filed by the CHP officer at the scene, Baer said Zeller was at the stop sign on Rome Hill in a Buick Century when she allegedly “accelerated onto Grand Avenue and struck a child.”

Zeller stopped, got out of her car, and a witness asked her why she pulled out as she did, Baer continued.

“The driver stated that she was looking the other way and did not see the child,” Baer said.

At that point, Zeller allegedly got back in her car and fled the scene; meanwhile the child, who sustained minor injuries, began crying and the witness got the Buick’s license plate number, Baer said.

The plate was tracked to Zeller at her home in Lake Elsinore. During questioning, the investigating CHP officer determined Zeller violated the law, Baer explained.

Drivers involved in accidents where there is injury must stop, provide identifying information, and assist the injured, according to Californa vehicle code.

According to jail records, Zeller was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with injuries. She has been released on bail and is due to appear in court Feb. 8.

QUEEN December 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
What kind of a person leaves a child after hitting them with a car? Are you on drugs? Your a coward!
Linda Ridenour December 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
For 15 years I have been saying that the school children need a safe way to walk to and from their homes. There was PAC money allocated for this project. What happened to this money? Lets hope all trails will be created soon.
Becky Honkington December 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Grand Avenue is a very dangerous place for any pedestrians. There are no sidewalks and there are no street lights. Now that there will be no bus service for the children, I am concerned that we may see an increase in the number of people hit by cars.
Tim December 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Grand Avenue is aweful for pedestrians with no sidewalks and the 45MPH speed limit. What I found interesting is Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Department do not control the streets CHP does. WIth the CHP too busy with the 74 and making money off of the 15 speeders aqurium, why patrol Grand Avenue? Lakeland Village School and David A. Brown Middle School both have tried to get the CHP to patrol the streets--especially during start and end of school to little to no avail. Most drunks know this is the way to go home in order to avoid the 15 freeway. That is sad. Until enough of us make a stink which won't happen or a couple of kids get killed nothing is going to change. Drive and walk on Grand Avenue at your own risk.

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