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Death of impaled West Texas teen described as 'pure accident'

Published On: Jun 25 2013 08:09:43 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 03:21:58 PM CDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -

One of two adults who were nearby when a Texas teenager impaled himself on the horn of a bull statue says the boy's death was a "pure accident."

Marenda Podhorsky on Tuesday said she and her boyfriend took her four children and 14-year-old Miguel Martinez to play in a park near the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock early Saturday morning.

Martinez was spending the night with Podhorsky's son and the children were awake well past midnight after eating sweets to celebrate her boyfriend's birthday.

When she heard a thump, she thought Martinez might have been knocked down by the bull's horn during a game of hide-and-seek. Instead, Martinez suffered a chest wound. He died after being impaled by the horn.

Police are investigating the teen's death.

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A 14-year-old West Texas boy is dead after he ran into a bull statue on the Texas Tech University campus and impaled himself on one of its horns.

University spokesman Chris Cook says Miguel Martinez impaled himself while playing hide-and-seek with friends in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning.

Campus police say Martinez was at the museum with two adults and two minors when police were called to the scene. Police say Martinez was running on the National Ranching Heritage Museum on the Tech campus when the horn pierced his chest.