WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4) — A teenage girl was killed after a rock pillar reportedly fell on her in West Bountiful.
West Bountiful Police Department said the girl, Madolin Morely, 16, was with her friends at a house near 800 West and Heritage Point Lane celebrating the end of the school year. The girl and three of her friends were sitting in a hammock when the rock pillar that the hammock was attached to collapsed.
Morely was taken to the Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful in critical condition but eventually succumbed to her injuries. One of her friends also received minor injuries from the accident and was taken by family for treatment.
Davis Behavioral Health was reportedly on the scene offering counseling services to those involved.
Morely’s family said they were saddened by the loss of their bright young daughter.
“We are all saddened by the sudden loss of our sweet Madolin – a kind, caring, and bright young woman who touched countless lives,” Morely’s family said. “We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends, school, and community. As we all grieve in our own ways, let us all act as Madolin would, by thinking of others first and being a friend to all.”
Viewmont High School, where Morely and her friends attend as students, said it was saddened to hear the news.
“Our hearts are heavy following the sudden death of one of our students. The student was celebrating the end of school with friends and classmates when the tragic accident occurred,” the school said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened for family, friends, classmates, and staff members who are affected by this untimely loss.”
According to Viewmont Administration, in order to support any struggling students and staff, the Davis School District Response Team will be in the school media center on Wednesday, May 24 beginning at 8 a.m.