Park City, UT — Last month, a 4-year-old girl in North Carolina was killed after a tombstone fell on top of her while she played in a graveyard. Last week, a 4-year-old boy in Utah died after a headstone fell on top of him while he also played in a graveyard.
Carson Dean Cheney, pictured to the left moments before he was killed, was with his family at a private cemetery taking pictures. The 4-year-old was trying to make other children laugh by pretending to be a leprechaun and poking his head from around one of the tombstones in the 900 grave cemetery.
While Cheney was holding on to it, the metal that attaches the tombstone to its pedestal broke, and the several hundred pound tombstone toppled on to Cheney’s chest and head.
He was pinned there until family members were able to lift the tombstone off Cheney and began administering aid until emergency workers arrived. Cheney was rushed to the hospital but he would die from injuries to his head, chest and abdomen.
“Carson passed away while trying to make others smile,” said Curtis Morley, a family friend. Cheney’s grandmother released a statement for the family, stating, “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.”
Cheney and his family were visiting the area and his father, who does photography in his spare time, was taking pictures at the cemetery because of its extensive landscaping. Bruce Erickson, president of the Glenwood Cemetery Association, says the 5-acre cemetery is a private, non-profit cemetery founded by a society of silver miners in 1885. Families of the people buried there are responsible for maintaining the graves and any associated tombstones, many of which are at least 100 years old.Tags: Accident, Carson Dean Cheney, Crime, graveyard, tombstone, Utah