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Stanislaus County, CA – Summer Gardner-Vigil Hit and Killed while Riding Horse on E Harding Rd

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Stanislaus County, CA (August 15, 2021) – A teenager identified as Summer Gardner-Vigil, 19, was killed in a traffic accident in Stanislaus County on Wednesday, August 11. Sources indicate that the teen was riding her horse when she was hit by a car. 

According to reports, the wreck happened on East Harding Road in the right lane when a Chevy pickup truck was headed north on Youngstown Road. The truck driver stated that he reached for something in his truck and took his eyes off of the roadway for a minute. 

When he looked back at the roadway, he noticed the teenager on the horse and tried to veer left, but it was too late. The truck rotated counter-clockwise and collided with the horse, who died on impact. 

Garner-Vigil was ejected from the horse and sustained major injuries. She was transported to a hospital in Modesto for treatment. 

It was reported on Saturday, August 14 that Garner-Vigil lost her life in the hospital. The driver, 27-year-old Isaac Leal, was not injured in the wreck. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Summer Gardner-Vigil at this time. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this fatal accident in Stanislaus County.

Traffic Crashes near Stockton

Auto accidents throughout California claim the lives of more than 3,400 people each year. Although the majority of vehicle collisions are preventable, we continue to witness the impacts they have on families throughout our state. In fact, statistics show that more than 80% of accidents occur as a result of another driver’s reckless or negligent actions. The leading causes of crashes in our state include driving while impaired, careless driving, speeding, distracted driving and disregarding traffic control devices. In many cases, families of those killed are left to deal with overwhelming mental and emotional consequences while trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward.

As if dealing with overwhelming grief was not enough, numerous families are required to put forth tens of thousands of dollars to cover the funeral costs of their loved ones. When victims are killed in accidents resulting from the negligence of others, it is crucial that their families reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Stockton as soon as possible. Although we understand that no amount of compensation could ever take away a family’s pain and suffering, compensation can help grieving families cover the costs of burial and funeral expenses and alleviate the impact of lost wages moving forward.

With nearly four decades of experience, the Stockton car accident lawyers at Torem & Associates have helped thousands of families hold wrongdoers accountable and get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Being able to focus on moving forward after experiencing a loss is something our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients do. We work hard to help families protect their legal rights and best interests. If your loved one lost their life in a collision, and you believe negligence played a role, contact our personal injury attorneys in Stockton at (888) 500-5000 to see how we can help you. Our team is available to meet with you and discuss legal options available to help you recover.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Stockton.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Stockton and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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