12-year-old girl killed while trying to save her dog who ran onto busy road will be buried alongside pet
Jennarae Goodbar had brought the dog with her own money and treated it like 'her baby.' She would tragically die alongside the pup while trying to save him from oncoming traffic.
A 12-year-old girl from Virginia and her dog who were hit by a car and killed will be buried together this coming weekend. Jennarae Goodbar, a resident of Lexington, Rockbridge County, was training her dog, Cash — short for Cashiemomo — when the tragic incident unfolded. WTVR reported that Jenna was training Cash at home when the dog suddenly took off running towards the road and onto Route 60. Distressed, the 12-year-old girl chased after her pet and onto the road, where she and the pup were both hit by a car. The driver, who is said to be a close family friend, allegedly was alert and did his best to swerve the vehicle away but was unable to stop in time when the pair ran across.
Jenna's mother, Donna Jean Stuples said that her daughter and Cash shared a special bond and that Jenna had brought the dog with her own money. She said that the pup was "her baby" and confirmed that her daughter and Cash would be buried together on the day of the service, which is scheduled for November 3rd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harrison Funeral Home.
An obituary for the 12-year-old in the News-Gazette described her as having "never met a stranger" and with "so many friends who loved her unconditionally." It also said that Jenna "loved all of her friends so much" and that she "should be remembered as the country girl who was always smiling, never negative, could go from wearing cowboy boots and pants to a dress with Converse in a split second."
A GoFundMe page set up in her name said Jenna would always be remembered as "a sweet, energetic, dog loving, hunting loving little girl--a little girl who touched the lives of many." Set up with the goal of collecting $15,000, the page managed to raise over $20,000 in the span of two days.
Kerrs Creek Volunteer Fire Department Vice President Emory Higgins told WFXR said that this accident was something that was going to stay in his memory for a long time. Having known the girl since birth, he recalled how she and her brother played together as infants and revealed, "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.
The 12-year-old's family said that the outpouring of support following Jenna's death had been "overwhelming," from friends in the community, the state, and even in other parts of the country. Higgins said that he and the rest of the department are also doing what they can to help. Police are still investigating the crash that claimed the Maury River Middle School sixth-grade student's life. The school has had grief counselors come in for the students beginning Monday.