A tragic late afternoon accident resulted in the death of young Colton Lee Clegg, age three (3) years old when a male horse “spooked” and kicked Colton in the chest. The young boy was transported by Life Flight to Herman hospital where he expired later yesterday evening of August 6, 2014.
According to lead Investigator Sgt. Chris Ungles of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, horse feed was being unloaded from a truck on CR 6479, in South Liberty County, around 7:50pm by Colton’s father, Christopher Clegg and Joseph A. Stevens, age 20, uncle to Colton. While this process was taking place, it was reported that Colton was holding the gate for his uncle when one of the horses knocked a feed bag out of Joseph Steven’s hands spilling the feed on the ground. Young Colton started to pick up the feed when his father, Christopher, hollered to Colton and told him to get away from the horses and spilled feed. Colton threw his hands up in the air and this, evidently, “spooked” one of the horses which kicked little Colton in his chest.
Mr. Clegg began transporting his son to the hospital by private auto where he was met by Liberty County EMS which started medical procedures prior to the arrival of Life Flight. Colton was transported to Herman Hospital in Houston by air ambulance, where he expired shortly after arriving.
Sgt. Ungles reported the case is still under investigation pending results of an autopsy.