ROCK FALLS – A 12-year-old Rock Falls girl died Monday night from chest and head injuries suffered in a go-cart accident at her father’s house, Rock Falls police said in a news release Tuesday.
Dinah Attebury was riding the go-cart in the lawn at his home, in the 900 block of 14th Avenue, when she lost control and ran into the back of a flatbed truck parked in the driveway, Chief Mike Kuelper said.
Her head hit the truck’s frame; her chest hit the trailer hitch, Kuelper said.
When police arrived on the scene, she was conscious and breathing but unresponsive. She was taken to CGH Medical Center then airlifted to University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, where she died about 8:30 p.m., Kuelper said.
Police still are investigating the incident, he said.
Dinah was going to be a Tampico Middle School seventh-grader. She loved horses and other animals, and liked to fish, camp and play softball.
School starts Monday; Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico School District will have grief counselors available at the new PLT Middle School in Prophetstown for any student who wishes to speak with them from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday.
They also can be reached at 815-537-5084, ext. 1101.
A memorial Facebook page, “In Memory of Dinah Attebury,” was created by family friend Christal Rascoe for people to post memories and photographs of Dinah.