[UPDATE] Girl, 16, Dies After Fla. Bull Riding Accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 2-21 10:20am -- RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) --

Hundreds of students turned out for a sunrise memorial service for a Tampa Bay teen killed in a bull-riding accident.

Brooke Ann Coats died Friday after being thrown from a bull and
kicked in the chest. The Riverview High School sophomore was riding
at the 301 Rodeo in Tampa. She was able to stand and walk out of
the ring, but then had trouble breathing and collapsed.

Grief counselors were available at the high school Monday.

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office says its investigation
continues. A sheriff's spokesman says Brooke was an experienced
bull rider who was wearing a helmet and a vest when she was thrown.

The rodeo's organizers say Brooke was a favorite at the rodeo
"because of her love for the sport."

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A 16-year-old girl hurt thrown from a bull and kicked in the chest has died in Tampa.

Brooke Ann Coats of Riverview was riding a bull at the 301 Rodeo
in Tampa on Friday night, when she was thrown from the animal and
then kicked in the chest.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says she was able to stand and walk out of the ring, but then had trouble breathing and collapsed.

She was transported to Tampa General Hospital but died at about
10 p.m. Friday.

An investigation is ongoing.


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  • by Kiara Location: home on Feb 23, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    how sad i will pray for the family and close friends of the young girl.
  • by John Location: Tallahasee on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    Tragic. My condolences to the family and friends of this yound girl.
  • by Jenna on Feb 21, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    My prayers go out to her family and friends. So sad.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    Mess with the bull, and you get the horns
  • by A Georgia Rodeo Family on Feb 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May GOD give you comfort and peace.
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