On Tuesday at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, a man died as the result of a horse riding accident after his horse slipped off a trail.
The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. that morning, and the Coconino County Sheriff's Office got the call at about 11:20 a.m.
CCSO spokesman Gerry Blair stated that while riding on a trail in Havasu Canyon, 46-year-old William Hagins was out riding with his wife and daughter, along with another couple and a guide, when he and his horse took a fall from the trail and into a dry creek bed. He stated:
"The horse looked like it slipped on a rock and fell a distance of about 12 feet into a dry creek bed, with the horse landing on top of the rider."
Hagins, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.
Hagins revealed that the guide rode back to Supai Village, a remote village in which around 200 Havasupai people live, to attain help from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, whose agents later reached the scene on ATV's.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter transported Hagins' body to Hualapai Hilltop, where Cocino County Medical Examiner's Office personnel picked it up.
As a Phoenix accident attorney, it is upsetting to see stories like this in which tragic accidents take innocent lives.
This certainly appears to be a case of pure bad fortune, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the man who died.
Our Phoenix accident law firm sends our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this terrible tragedy.