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Youngster dies in horse riding accident on Thanksgiving Day

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lucas Ryan Stephenson.
(Submitted photo)
A 2-year-old Bloomington boy died in a tragic horse-riding accident Thanksgiving Day on his grandfather's farm in the American Bottoms area of eastern Greene County.

Lucas Ryan Stephenson died Thursday evening at IU Health Bloomington Hospital from injuries he suffered when the horse stepped on the youngster after he fell.

The boy's maternal grandfather, Steven R. Crowe, Route 6, Bloomfield, told the Greene County Daily World that about 30 people had gathered at his 120-acre farm for a Thanksgiving Day celebration.

The family had just eaten its holiday dinner when several of them went outside to enjoy a horse ride about 3 p.m.

Crowe says his grandson and the boy's cousin were on a horse that was being led by an adult when events turned tragic.

"The horse jumped and there was two of them riding it. They both fell and the horse came down on one (Lucas)," Crowe said.

The other youngster was not injured.

"I never seen anything like it. We grew up around animals and horses all of our lives. The horse was being led by an adult. It had a saddle on it. It was an older horse that had been ridden for years," Crowe explained, " I just don't know what happened. It doesn't make sense."

Lucas was the only child of Jake and Stephanie (Crowe) Stephenson of Bloomington.

He attended the Little Whippersnappers Preschool in Bloomington.

According to his family, Lucas loved his John Deere tractor, all big tractors, bulldozers, farm combines and all things powerful. He loved his "baby cow," horses, cows, was crazy about his dog and loved to be out of doors and playing.

Funeral service was conducted Monday morning at Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington. Burial followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Greene County.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Riley Hospital for Children in Lucas' memory in care of the funeral home.

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this is horrible

-- Posted by 0123 on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 2:53 PM

Oh my heart breaks for this family. My family has horses and takes the grandkids for rides on them all the time, and to think in the blink of an eye a tragic accident on a horse they knew and trusted. My prayers for this family! So sorry!

-- Posted by thrift store junkie on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 2:57 PM

We really don't know how lucky and blessed we truly are at times. This is an example of not to take every day for granted with our children.

So Sad..

Prayers to the family members.

-- Posted by Orion's Belt on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 3:45 PM

our prayers to you and yours you have an angel in heaven looking down on u forever til u meet again

-- Posted by bumperbiker on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 4:16 PM

So sad!

-- Posted by jkwalker on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 5:24 PM

This made me sick when I read it!! Bless his little heart!!! Prayers to the family for strength in this tragic time! God Bless!

-- Posted by Member2011 on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 5:55 PM

I'm close to some of the family members. Prayers with them all. Keep them in your prayers please! Love you all!

-- Posted by greenecountymom on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 6:12 PM

Please accept our sympathy. May God give you peace during this time. So sorry.

-- Posted by lintonpatriot on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 11:52 PM

Im so sorry for the loss of your little boy. I used to own and ride horses and I rode with my toddler alot, things can happen so fast, and you don't have time to act. It's a known fact that a horse will do anything they can to avoid stepping on you, she just didn't know which way to go, and God only knows why she spooked. Please know that little boy is in heaven looking down upon you all and the farm he loved so well. May God be with each one of you, and keep you in his loving arms.

-- Posted by mimosa11 on Tue, Nov 27, 2012, at 12:27 PM

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