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Man dies while horseback riding in Supai Canyon

SUPAI, Ariz - Forty six-year-old William Kevin Hagins of Colorado Springs, Colo. died March 26 while horseback riding on the trail that ascends from the Havasupai Village to Hilltop.

According to multiple witnesses, Hagins was riding in a line of horses led by a hired guide. The victim and the horse he was riding were second in line behind the guide with the victim's wife and his five-year-old child riding behind him on the third horse in line.

The group left Havasupai Village at about 9 a.m. on March 26 to ascend the trail to Hilltop. According to witnesses, the group road approximately a half mile and approached a section of the trail with a significant incline that veered to the left. As the Hagin's horse negotiated part of the trail, witness said it appeared to have slipped on a rock. The horse and rider fell about twelve feet into a dry creek bed. The horse landed on top of Hagins.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement Officers and medical personnel responded to = Hagins' location on ATV-type, off-road vehicles. Medics pronounced Hagins dead after examination.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter flew the victim's body to Hilltop to a waiting ground transport vehicle. The victim's body was driven to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff. Coconino County Sheriff's detectives are still investigating the incident.

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