Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-059

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 22, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Detective Larry Mckinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8094

    Teenager Killed in Bull Riding Accident

    Brooke Ann Coats was killed after she was thrown from a bull and kicked at least once in the chest.
    • Friday
    • February 18, 2011
    • Time: 8:30 PM
    • U.S. 301 & Crosstown Expressway
    • Riverview, Florida


    On February 18, 2011 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Brooke Ann Coats died at Tampa General Hospital from injuries she sustained while bull riding at the 301 Rodeo on US 301 S. and the Crosstown Expressway.

    Preliminary investigation has revealed that at approximately 8:30 p.m., Coats was bull riding when she thrown from the bull and kicked at least once in the chest. Coats was able to stand and walk out of the ring, but began experiencing difficulty breathing and collapsed.

    An on scene off-duty paramedic began treating Coats until Hillsborough County Fire Rescue transported her to Tampa General Hospital where she later died during surgery.

    On Monday, February 20, 2011, HCSO detectives examined the administrative aspects of the rodeo related to state law and any applicable administrative code and determined that it appears the operator of the rodeo was conducting a proper event. All of the necessary paperwork was in order. In regards to a rodeo, the state Department of Agriculture oversees the safety of the animals, local code enforcement authorities ensures that the property is zoned properly and the local tax collector collects the business tax.

    The state does not require a license or permit to conduct a rodeo. Brooke and her parents also signed a waiver under the Florida Equine Law (Fla. Stat. 773.01-773.05) which states "Under Florida law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities."

    The death investigation remains active.
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