A teenager from Weston, Florida has been determined to have died from blunt head trauma while she was horseback riding in Southwest Ranches in December of 2014, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The autopsy stated that Maria Lucia Rodrigo was found last December 4, laying on the ground next to a horse named Brownie. Brownie also died in the riding accident due to head and neck trauma from an acute fall, according to a report done by the University of Florida Veterinary Center.
It is still a mystery as to why the horse might have suddenly collapsed, and the riding equipment appeared to have been properly positioned and secured. It’s possible the horse may have lost foot control during a high-speed gallop. Rodrigo’s death was found to be an accident, and she suffered a broken right collarbone and multiple skull fractures.
Friends of Maria noted that she was an experienced and enthusiastic rider. She and Brownie were found on the bank of a canal that flows along Griffin Road and Bonaventure Boulevard, an area popular with riders.
Shortly after Maria’s death, more than 100 fellow horseback riders celebrated her life with a two-mile walk in Davie.
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