12-year-old girl was killed while attempting to save her dog after it ran into traffic
Jennarae Goodbar will be buried together with her dog Cash following the pair's heart-wrenching death on Saturday.
The 12-year-old's death has left a community heartbroken after she ran onto Route 60 in Rockbridge County to save her dog. The girl's mother said she treated the dog like "her baby."
Mother Donna Jean Stuples also revealed that the girl bought the dog with "her own cash." She would affectionately call it "Cashiemomo."
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A 12-year-old girl was killed on Saturday afternoon while chasing after her dog on Route 60 in Virginia.https://t.co/7HzKC4PaT9— KFI AM 640 (@KFIAM640) October 30, 2018
According to WTVR, Goodbar was training the dog just outside her house. Cash then ran into the street of oncoming traffic. Young Goodbar followed it and the two were hit.
R.E. Tackett, a Virginia State Police Senior Trooper, said:
"Goodbar was chasing the family dog when she entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle."
The driver attempted to swerve to avoid a collision. But it was too late. The driver, a close family friend, is heartbroken following the event.
VA 12-Year-Old Girl Killed By Car After Chasing Family Dog Into Lexington Street https://t.co/p3RfscQX9R RIP JennaRae Goodbar— Count - TheCount.com ™ 🚨 (@THECOUNTnews) October 28, 2018
According to Virginia First, Emory Higgins knew the Maury River Middle School student since birth.
Vice President of Kerrs Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Higgins said:
"Pretty emotional with all her family there. Of course, it was right across from where she lived, so her dad was there and her brother."
Higgins explained that the Goodbar family had been involved with the department over four generations. The girl's great-grandfather was one of its founders, her grandfather and father worked as chiefs, and her own mother was the treasurer.
He said of the Goodbar children:
"Basically they were in here running around with toys when they got out of their baby strollers."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with funeral and burial expenses. A note on the page reads:
“Jennarae Nicole Goodbar was killed in a tragic accident this afternoon. She will always be remembered as a sweet, energetic, dog loving, hunting loving little girl — a little girl who touched the lives of many.”
To date, more than $22,000 has been raised on the page. The funeral service is set for this Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Virginia.
The community is helping in other ways such as providing food for the grieving family. Higgins said: "In the end, you look out for each other."
Another tragic accident took place last Friday evening in Cippenham Lane, Slough, Berks.
Sadly, a six-year-old was struck and killed by a white car while crossing the road. Her family were nearby and rushed her to the hospital where she was declared dead.
Sergeant Darren Brown, an investigating officer, requested to speak to "anyone who was driving in the area at the time, or who saw this incident or who has any dash cam footage."
Both of the investigations for the situations above are ongoing.
In another crash incident, one mother decided to share the story of her son in an attempt to warn others and prevent fatal road accidents.
Joyce Osborne became an advocate to stop texting while driving after her son Thomas Anthony Klohn passed away.
On February 12, 2016, Klohn was driving to Arizona at 75 mph while texting. He struck a guardrail end cap and then a boulder. His vehicle erupted in flames.
Now Osborne is warning others in hopes that they will take the matter more seriously and won't have to go through what she did.