Bull Riding Accident Kills Delaware man

Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a New Castle man while performing in a Bull Riding act.

The man has been identified as Leonel Trejo.  Delaware State Police, who are investigating the incident, say it happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

It happened at the Nur Shriner’s Temple on DuPont Highway in New Castle.  That facility is a part of the Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia.  There are different events scheduled there throughout the year as charity fund raisers.  A check of the Nur Temple website shows a car show had been scheduled for Sunday.

Corporal Jeffery Hale, Delaware State Police spokesman, says the rider had only been on the bull for a minute when he was thrown to the ground.  The bull stepped on his chest.  He was taken to Christiana Hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Trejo had over 20 years of bull riding experience.  He was not wearing any protective gear, which is not required for a Mexican bull riding event.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.  Cpl. Hale says the investigation into the incident is on going.

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