Kirsten Beagley Death: 18-Year-Old Dies After Tubing Accident in Utah

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Family and friends say they are “devastated” after an 18-year-old high school student died in a tubing accident in central Utah over the weekend.

Kirsten Beagley was tubing in Huntington Canyon on Saturday when she hit a bump going down a hill and was thrown off her inner tube, according to a GoFundMe started by family member Paige Davis.

Authorities told Fox affiliate KSTU that the teen was on the tube “as it launched over the snowy berm on the shoulder of State Route 31 and came to a rest on the road.” Another girl who was initially on the tube rolled off before tragedy struck.

Beagley was pronounced dead at the scene, the Emery County Sheriff’s Office told the station.

Sheriff Tyson Huntington told NBC affiliate KSL-TV that the girls were not at fault in the freak accident.

“It was nothing that they did wrong or anything,” Huntington said. “They’re just tubing down that hill and went too fast and went over the first snowbank and onto the asphalt.”

A representative with the sheriff’s office did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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The teen was on an outing with several other couples to celebrate her school’s winter formal, KSL TV reported.

Students at Emery High School wore “Kirsten’s Kolor” on Monday, with friends and classmates dressing in pink to honor her, according to a post the school made on social media.

Beagley’s sister, Jannika Beagley, told KSL-TV that the family is heartbroken, and remembered her sister as somebody who loved dance and was “the happiest person ever.”

“She always had a smile on her face,” Beagley’s older sister said. “She loved spending time with her family and her friends. She was always ready to go on an adventure.”

Beagley’s parents also spoke out about their grief.

“It’s heart-wrenching. Nothing prepares you for something like this,” said dad Kyle Beagley.

On the GoFundMe, which has raised more than $17,000 as of Wednesday afternoon, Davis wrote that the family is “all so devastated.”

“The loss is so sad for all involved and now all her friends and family will be attending her funeral on the same day of the very dance the activity was for,” the organizer wrote. “It’s heartbreaking.”


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