FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Florida woman was pronounced dead at a local hospital from injures she sustained in the Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo in February.
Lara Dewees, 28 of Dade City, Florida, was pronounced dead Sunday around noon, according to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict.
Benedict said Dewees died of severe closed head injury she sustained at the rodeo on Feb. 20 in Forrest County.
According to WFLA in Tampa, Dewees was the mother of a 2-year-old son, Layton.
Dewees had recently gotten engaged, and was a school teacher at the Hernando School District for just over a year, where she taught middle and high school Social Studies with the Hernando e-School.
A Go-Fund Me page was set up for Dewees, and detailed what happened during the incident.
"It's a terrible tragedy and the entire board of supervisors is deeply saddened by it," Forrest County Board of Supervisors President David Hogan said.