Girl, 16, Killed in Bull Riding Accident

Florida rodeo turns tragic when Brooke Ann Coats is thrown
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2011 3:18 PM CST
Brooke Ann Coats, as seen in a YouTube screenshot.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Tragic news out of Florida: A 16-year-old girl is dead following a Friday night bull riding accident. Brooke Ann Coats was competing in a local rodeo when she was thrown from a bull and kicked once in the chest, ABC Action News reports. Though she was able to walk out of the ring, she started having trouble breathing and then collapsed; she died at Tampa General Hospital while in surgery. Coats’s uncle says the teen died doing what she loved. Click for one anti-rodeo response to the tragedy.

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