Central Florida teacher dies in rodeo accident, leaves behind 18 - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Central Florida teacher dies in rodeo accident, leaves behind 18-month-old son

A social studies teacher from Central Florida died Sunday following a rodeo accident in Mississippi.

Lara Dewees taught middle and high school students through Hernando County's e-School.

Dewees, a barrel racer, was participating in a rodeo Saturday night when her horse slipped and fell..

She was taken to a local hospital for a head injury and broken bones but later died from her injuries. 

Dewees was a cancer survivor who had just gotten engaged less than two weeks ago.  She leaves behind an 18-month-old son, Layton.

Friends and raising money for her family.

A GoFundMe  account has raised more than $13,000 so far. 

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