12-Year-Old Bull Rider Dies After Being Thrown, Trampled
The Denver Post reports that 12-year-old Richard Wayde Hamar of Yuma was killed at the rodeo, a two-day event for bull riders aged 8 to 18. After Hamar was thrown, the bull stepped on his abdomen while he was on the ground. Emergency personnel were on the scene and attempted to treat him, but he died after being taken to the hospital.
A woman who witnessed the trampling told the Daily Camera, "He held on for a few seconds. When he hit the ground, the bull just ran him over. I could see the bull's legs hit his chest. ... It was one of the worst things I've ever seen. It was horrible."
The National Little Britches Rodeo Association describes itself as "the standard bearer of junior rodeo in the United States."
Hamar is at least the fourth child in the last four years to be killed while bull riding.
UPDATE: The coroner's office says the boy died after the left ventricle of his heart ruptured when the bull stomped on him.
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