Archive for Friday, July 27, 2012

10-year-old Leavenworth County girl dies after crashing RTV into farm pond

July 27, 2012


A Leavenworth County 10-year-old has died at an area hospital after an accident on a rough terrain vehicle Thursday night.

Shelbee Heim, of rural Leavenworth, was operating a Kubota RTV 400 about 8:30 p.m. Thursday on her family’s farm in the 31700 block of 179th Street. She was driving the four-wheel vehicle on a dirt path next to a pond when the vehicle dropped off the pond edge and rolled onto the driver’s side, trapping Shelbee under water, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Shelbee’s father, Gary Heim, tried to lift the vehicle off his daughter, but was unsuccessful, Undersheriff Ron Cranor said. Kickapoo Township Fire Department responded, and firefighters were able to get Shelbee out of the water roughly 15 minutes after the accident occurred, Cranor said.

She was taken by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Services to Cushing Memorial Hospital, Leavenworth, where she was pronounced dead.

The death is being investigated as an accident. An autopsy is pending, Cranor said.


Elaine Elliott 5 years, 9 months ago

How terrible. Poor girl, poor family. There are no words for this.

somedude20 5 years, 9 months ago

Very sorry to hear this! Having nearly drowned a number of years ago, it is a terrible experience. 10 seems way way way too young to be driving anything and makes this a sad and tragic story

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh, that's so horrible. My condolences to the family.

Jeff Rice 5 years, 9 months ago

I can't imagine the anguish going through her fathers head as he tried in vain to lift the RTV off his drowning daughter. Heartbreaking.

Deja Coffin 5 years, 9 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this little girl. I can't even imagine the pain they are going through..... I pray that somehow, someday they will be able to find peace and comfort in their memories of their loved one. Praying for strength in the days ahead for all those who knew her.

greenworld 5 years, 9 months ago

Lost for words. these are the things I hate to stumble on and read about. terrible deep down feeling for you. This is when I have to question alot of things in life.

Jean Robart 5 years, 9 months ago

I feel for the family, and especially for the little girl's Daddy in particular. But i just can't fathom why a 10 year old was operating this vehicle. And her Daddy did have misgivings about it. What a shame that she died.

squawkhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

When will parents learn to keep kids off those damn things?

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