West Texas teenager dies from horse accident

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BALLINGER, Texas (AP) — A West Texas teenager girl has died after being kicked in the head by a horse earlier this week.

A Shannon Medical Center official said Thursday that 17-year-old Ashley Virden was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Virden was riding horses with her father at their home south of Ballinger on Tuesday. The Runnel County Sheriff’s Office says the horse bucked her off and then kicked her in the head.

A family member tells The San Angelo Standard-Times that the girl’s body will remain on life support so her organs can be donated. The family member says they’ve already found a match for her lungs and possibly for her heart.

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