Holiday tragedy: 7-year-old girl dies after she was struck by a boat during an outing with family
A 7-year-old little girl died after she was struck by a boat on the Bass Lake which also left her father injured
Seven-year-old Lily Harris was only a week away from celebrating her 8th birthday when she was tragically and fatally struck by a boat during a labor day trip to the lake along with her family, her relatives shared.
According to a police statement which was obtained by People, Lily passed away at a hospital after she and her 32-year-old father Brandon Harris were struck by a pontoon boat as they were floating in a blow-up tube on the Bass Lake in the Madera County in California. Brandon too was injured, but he is expected to survive. Lily's aunt Amanda Perez shared, "The last few days have been horrible. Like a terrible nightmare, we can’t wake up from."
"It’s our Lily, she was only 7. She had her whole life ahead of her. We are broken and completely devastated," Perez continued. Lily's father Brandon tried his best to shield her and protect her as the boat crashed into them, Speaking about which Lily's uncle Justin Harris shared. "Their boat just approached us from behind, not seeing us — as the driver told me later on. Brandon did his best. Me and my brother have always been close growing up so it feels kinda like losing a daughter," Justin added.
The unfortunate incident is currently under investigation and authorities have revealed that drugs and alcohol were not responsible for the accident. The police statement also stated that the operator of the boat had a rental contract. Amanda, Lily's aunt shared that Lily's mother is totally distraught and has been by her husband's side over the past couple of days.
TAKEN TOO SOON: Family members say 7YO Lily Harris died after being hit by a boat at Bass Lake. Officials say the little girl was tubing at the time. Her dad, 32YO Brandon Harris tried to save her but was injured badly. GoFundMe -> https://t.co/Dm1gV15aop— Justin Lum (@JustinLumLive) September 4, 2018
Courtesy: Amanda Perez pic.twitter.com/C0E6qttjU5
"My sister just broke down. She’s beyond devastated. Her world has been turned upside down. He tried. He keeps saying he tried to save her. He wanted it to be him not her. It’s his baby. His firstborn," Amanda shared. At the time of the accident, Lily's sister Claire was also present with the family. "Claire just kept crying, saying, ‘the boat, the boat, Lily’s dead," Perez continued, according to KFSN.
Amanda has also set up a 'GoFundMe' page to help the family in light of the accident.