A MOTHER-OF-TWO has lost her life after being gored by a heifer in Moratalla, Murica, while she was trying to get inside a house owned by her relatives.
47-year-old Sofia Lopez Gonzalez was not participating in the event, which was the last in a week-long series of celebrations for the town’s Fiestas del Cristo del Rayo, but was knocked for six by one of the marauding animals as she was on her way to say goodbye to her sister.
According to witnesses she was trying to escape the onrushing cow when her rucksack became entangled on a protective barrier, and she was struck in the abdomen by one of its horns, later dying in hospital from the injury.
Tragically, the fatal incident was witnessed by the victim’s husband and her young son, who she managed to save by throwing him through the door before she was hit; the family hail from nearby village of El Palmar, and apparently attend the event every year.
The town hall declared a three-day period of mourning, with the disaster representing the third death due to goring at Spanish fiestas this year, after a 28-year-old man was killed in Pedreguer, Valencia, and a 65-year-old died in Fuentesauco, Salamanca.
The latter two incidents occurred on the same day that matador Victor Barrio was fatally gored in Teruel during an event broadcast on live television, while in 2015 a total of twelve people died during bull festivals.