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.