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Horse Rider Summer Vigil-Gardner Turlock Crash Harding Road

Horse Rider Summer Vigil-Gardner Turlock Crash Harding Road

Summer Vigil-Gardner Turlock crash

Horse Rider Summer Vigil-Gardner, 19, Victim in Turlock Fatal Crash on Harding

TURLOCK, CA (August 14, 2021) – Horse rider Summer Vigil-Gardner died after a crash on Harding Road in Turlock.

Family members identified the 19-year-old Turlock woman as the victim of the collision which took place on Wednesday morning.

The incident happened on August 11 when Summer Vigil-Gardner was riding a horse westbound on the right edge of Harding Road in Turlock.

At the same time, a Chevrolet Silverado was going north on Youngstown Road, approaching a wide turn into Harding. The pickup truck continued east and then turned to the left.

Woman Riding Horse Hit by Distracted Driver

Its driver, 27-year-old Delhi resident Isaac Leal, lost control of the car and hit the horse and the rider. Summer Vigil-Gardner ended up thrown onto the roadway as a result of the Turlock crash.

Firefighters along with the paramedics soon arrived and found her suffering from a severe brain injury. The Modesto Bee and CBS Sacramento wrote that the accident occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

Medical personnel rushed the woman to the Doctors Medical Center, where she passed away. The horse died at the scene of the collision.

Meanwhile, Isaac Leal told CHP that he became distracted prior to the incident. He reached down to get a bottle of water and failed to see the horse and rider on the road.

Loved ones set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the funeral costs of the victim. The Turlock crash is still under investigation.

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