Seven-year-old girl dies in horse riding accident

2012-10-09T18:10:00Z 2012-10-11T17:07:32Z Seven-year-old girl dies in horse riding accidentKERANA TODOROV Napa Valley Register
October 09, 2012 6:10 pm  • 

A 7-year-old girl died Monday after falling off a horse near American Canyon, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said Tuesday.

Jennifer Lorena Ramirez was riding in the 2100 block of American Canyon Road outside the city limits when the horse reared up and fell on her, Stuart said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Stuart said.

American Canyon Fire responded to the incident at 3:55 p.m. but Jennifer was pronounced dead at 4:08 p.m., authorities said. Jennifer often rode horses there with her father and her 12-year-old brother, Stuart said.

It looks like a horrible accident, Stuart said. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, she said.

Jennifer, a second-grade student at Donaldson Way Elementary School in American Canyon, loved soccer, math, reading art and had many friends, Donaldson Way Principal Marilyn Abelon said Tuesday afternoon.   

“She was beloved by many,” Abelon said. “She was a beautiful spirit.”

The students were told that Jennifer was in an accident, the principal said. She said she was grateful for the support from the Napa Valley Unified School District.

Donaldson Way School is a close community, Abelon said. “We have suffered a great loss.”

  On Tuesday, Napa Valley Unified’s Superintendent Patrick Sweeney and American Canyon Police Chief Jean Donaldson came to the school for support, the principal said.

  Also on campus were school psychologists and counselors from American Canyon Middle School and American Canyon High School who came for both the students and the staff, Abelon said.

  Jennifer’s classmates are creating cards for her parents, the principal said. A special project will be dedicated in her memory, possibly involving the school’s butterfly garden, she said.

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  1. jwd707
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    jwd707 - October 10, 2012 5:31 am
    This is terrible news. My daughter is a second grader at Donaldson Way and she's really taking the loss hard. I pray for the family...words cannot describe this tragic loss. RIP little angel.

    American Canyon is a very close knit community, we need to start a fund for this family.
  2. glenroy
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    glenroy - October 10, 2012 8:04 am
    Horrible accident...our hearts go out to the family.
  3. yocount
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    yocount - October 10, 2012 3:05 pm
    We are Jenny's neighbors. My daughter and Jenny used to play and walk to school together daily. Jenny was simply was of the kindest and most beautiful children on the planet. Our family will miss her terribly. Our prayers are with the Ramirez family.
  4. oldie
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    oldie - October 12, 2012 1:18 pm
    A bank account has been set up by the employer of Jennifer's Father Jose. Deposits can be made at any Bank of the West location. Account is titled "Nova Group Inc for the benefit of Jose Ramirez Family Fund". Employees of Nova throughout the country have also been making payroll deductions which Nova then deposits to this fund.
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