Woman severely injured in head-on crash with horse

Updated: 12/18/2013 12:28 PM | Created: 12/17/2013 6:39 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Right before the holidays, two members of a New Mexico family are in the hospital – one, after a bizarre accident. Her family is asking for help as she recovers.

"When you hear your mom's been involved in a terrible crash, you don't know the extent and all you can do is put it in the hands of God because you're helpless," Geneva Lee said.

Lee's mother Freida Griego was delivering Christmas tamales to a friend Saturday night. Griego was in the passenger seat as her husband drove.

While he drove 55 miles per hour along Highway 64, a horse came toward them.

"He tried to switch lanes but that horse was coming head on and it just went in, and it was a head-butt pretty much and then it flew off. The impact alone was so much it shattered her face," Lee said.

First responders flew her to the Regional Trauma Center at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Doctors there still don't know the full extent of damage to her brain. Her family, in town from Bloomfield, is just waiting it out – racking up hotel bills as they do.

They have set up an account at Wells Fargo called Geneva Lee or Freida Griego to raise money for her care and expenses while she's in the hospital.

"You can't do anything but sit there and wait and be vigilant about making sure that they have the care that they need and I'm confident that UNM is the place where I want my mom to be," Lee said.

To make things worse, Geneva Lee's grandmother just had a stroke.

Griego is expected to survive, but at this point doctors don't know what she'll face as a result of her brain injuries.

A woman was severely injured when the vehicle she was riding in hit a horse head on.
Photo: San Juan County Sheriff's Office

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