Michelle Eustis, the 26-year-old daughter of Charles Eustis, III, the trainer of the undefeated St Elmo Hero, was killed in an accident on the Balmoral Park backstretch early this morning. The accident also left a caretaker seriously injured
Sources have told harnessracing.com that Eustis and groom Heather France were riding a horse bareback on the road parallel to the backside of Balmoral Park at approximately 5:00 a.m. when they were struck by a truck driven by Michelle Eustis’ husband, Angus Lake. She was airlifted to a local hospital where she later died; France’s injuries are unknown at this time.
Harnessracing.com has also learned that Lake, 41, was arrested and charged with drunken vehicular manslaughter.
Michelle is survived by her parents, Cynthia and Charles Eustis; daughter, Haylee Koifoid; brother, Cody; sisters, Taylor and Jaquelyn; niece, Payton Bernhal; half brother, Charles IV; and half sister, Tracey (David) Frost.
Visitation will be held Monday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Hack Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be directed to her daughter for an educational fund to be established.
Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Michelle Eustis.
(with files from Harnessracing.com and USTA)