An 8-year-old cheerleader was killed at a Fourth of July parade in Utah when the float she was riding in was hit by a Hummer.
Macie Hill, of Layton, was walking in the parade with her Patriot Cheer All Stars dance team at 175 South Main in Kaysville, some 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, when she was hit by a car.
‘Macie was full of life and displayed pleasure and compassion to all,’ a hill family neighbour, Jennie Dopp, said on a GoFundMe page set up to cover the small girl’s burial costs.
She loved cheerleading, and Macie died doing what she loved, with her squad, she continued.
It’s unknown what triggered the fatal accident, but cops came quickly and declared that the rest of the procession had been cancelled due to a ‘medical emergency,’ and encouraged onlookers to ‘peacefully depart the area.’
Hill died as a result of her injuries at Layton Parkway Hospital.
Shawna Dennis, a parade attendee, stated that she did not believe anyone realised the gravity of the situation at first. She is in disbelief; it was awful and had never seen anything like that in her life.
When the event happened, Dennis was standing alongside the parade path.
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She explained that she looked up and there was a little girl laying on the ground in that small dancing company, and the trailer, the rear of the trailer, just went over the top of her.
As she took her kids away from the incident, she heard a woman yell at the driver of the vehicle to stop.
Hill was the youngest in a family of three siblings. As of Wednesday morning, more than $100,000 had been contributed to the Hill family, which would pay for a headstone, medical facility fees, and family therapy.