Heartbreaking photo of 12-yr-old girl clutching her sister's hand moments before dying of an ATV crash
Meanwhile, older sister Peyton, who was also severely injured during the accident with fractured arms, elbow, and shoulder, will be undergoing a facial reconstructive surgery.
Michigan girl Riley Robinson was pictured clutching her 14-year-old sister's hand in a heartbreaking final photo taken before her death. The 12-year-old girl, along with her sister Peyton, was put on life support after a horrific ATV accident on their grandmother's property, which had left both the siblings with critical injuries.
According to reports, Riley and her sister suffered the injuries after losing control of the vehicle on a rough terrain and slamming it against a tree on the morning of September 9. The siblings had to be airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital after being discovered by their older brother, Tyler, 16, in the shocking state.
Battling for lives in the hospital with their necks in braces and casts all over their body, however, the two sisters were seen grasping each other's hands for one last time together in a picture taken just hours before Riley's death. The 12-year-old was taken off life support, as per The Sun, while her sister Peyton still remains critical.
"I think the hardest thing we did was signing the paper for organ donation," said Larry Robinson, the father of the two girls, opening up about the heartbreak and how in her last moment Riley's organs went to save the lives of six other children.
"I don't get our daughter back but there are six families that get a little more time to spend with their loved ones."
"Life as you know it can be over in a blink of an eye... She [Riley] was the life of the party. Trusting, very caring," he added.
Meanwhile, older sister Peyton, who was also severely injured during the accident with fractured arms, elbow, and shoulder, will be undergoing a facial reconstructive surgery. Once her eyes, jaw, and nose are fixed, her father is hopeful that the 14-year-old will be able to wear her favorite outfits.
"The doctor said that he was going to look at trying to fix her collarbone, make sure it heals right, because little girls like to wear dresses," Robinson said about the procedures scheduled to take place on Friday.
The distraught father also praised his son, who took immediate action, pulling the recreational vehicle off his sister and calling the emergency services. "He's my hero. He called 911, and got the 4 wheeler off his sister. He did everything he could," Robinson said.
As per Michigan laws, its mandatory for children below the age of 16 to take safety lessons and wear a helmet before riding an ATV.