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Horseback rider dies in fall on trail

South of Cyrus Horse Camp


An Estacada woman who was riding on horseback on a trail system near Haystack Reservoir on Saturday died when she fell from her horse.

Dianne Lomeli, 68, was the lead rider on the trail, located south of Cyrus Horse Camp, with several people behind her, when her horse started walking backwards downhill.

Lomeli fell backwards off the horse and tumbled downhill, striking a tree. Another rider attempted to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but was unable to revive Lomeli.

In the meantime, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 11:44 a.m. of a medical emergency on a trail south of the Cyrus Horse camp near Culver.

A JCSO deputy and emergency medical personnel from Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services and the Jefferson County Fire Department walked about a mile on the trail system to Lomeli, after Air Link had spotted her location in the remote area from above.

Air Link landed its helicopter on Cyrus Butte near Lomeli’s location, and medical personnel walked down to her. At the same time, emergency medical personnel and the deputy walked in to the location, and arrived at around 12:50 p.m., but Lomeli was already deceased.

Lomeli's sister and husband were notified of the accident, and she was transported to Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras.




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