Carson Cheney killed by falling gravestone

7:03 PM, Jul 6, 2012   |    comments
Cheney family photo via Park City Medical Center/AP
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By Michael Winter, USA TODAY

Utah authorities are investigating how a 6-foot-tall tombstone toppled Thursday evening in a historic Park City cemetery and killed a 4-year-old boy, according to news reports.

Carson Dean Cheney, of Lehi, was with his family at the Glenwood Cemetery when the headstone, weighing several hundred pounds, became detached from its base and fell about 6 p.m. MT. The boy was pinned "for a time," until family members managed to lift the stone, The Salt Lake Tribune writes. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Park City police said Carson's family was taking pictures in the 900-grave cemetery when the headstone toppled on his chest and head.

"It sounded like his hands were on the top of it and as it came back, it landed on him," Chief Wade Carpenter told the Deseret News.

In a statement for the family, his grandmother said, "This tragic accident has taken the life of our energetic, sweet, beloved little boy. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers, but wish for privacy at this difficult time."

Many of Park City's founders are buried in the cemetery, which was founded in 1885 by a society of miners, said the head of the cemetery association, Bruce Erickson.

He said the private, 5-acre cemetery, which is maintained by families of the dead, would be closed until Monday, The Park Record says.


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