A family is in mourning following the freak death of a 9-year-old girl on her birthday in Louisville, Kentucky.
According to reports, Charlene Sipes was riding her bike in Hodgenville, close to her home, when she fell and snapped her neck artery, killing her instantly.
Charlene’s mother, Tiffany Fischer, lead the tributes to her daughter, taking to Facebook on Sunday to detail her shock.
“This isn’t supposed to be real,” she wrote. “It’s supposed to be a dream. I’m going to wake up and it’s all a nightmare. My beautiful baby.”
She added: “I don’t want to do this without you, baby. I don’t know how to do this without you. You were the sun. You were my stars. My everything. I love you more, baby.”
? My baby. She would be smiling and laughing right now. I love you so much, baby. So, so much. But you will live on. You are still here. You will not be forgotten. #CharleneLives
As per the Daily Mail, investigators believe a lever on the bike’s handlebar hit her neck, severing the artery, when she fell. The 9-year-old died at the scene.
Charlene was a student at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, where principal Crystal Wilkerson said: “Charlie was a charming, caring student who was loved by her teachers and her peers. This is a terrible loss for everyone who knew her.”
A GoFundMe Page has been set up to help Tiffany and the rest of Charlene’s family. It can be found here.
Rest in peace, Charlene. We’re sending all our thoughts and prayers in the direction of this poor little girl’s family.
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