13-Year-Old Iowa Girl Dies in Freak Hammock Accident

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Des Moines, Iowa - A 13-year-old girl in Iowa was killed over the weekend in a freak hammock accident.

Peri Sagun and her sister had attached the hammock to a brick pillar. When Peri jumped into the hammock, the pillar collapsed on her.

She was rushed to Mercy hospital where she later died of her injuries.

Sagun was a student at nearby St. Augustin’s Catholic School where students and teachers are mourning the loss of their classmate and pupil. She was supposed to graduate 8th grade next week. A winner of the presidential scholarship, she looked forward to a bright future.

“Peri was wonderful, she was very talented in tennis, she played for our volleyball team, she was an honors student, she was a gymnast, she was a dancer, she was in all our musicals the last three years, and she always wanted to do the right thing,” said prinicpal Dr. Nancy Dowdle.

The staff is now discussing how to memorialize her at graduation, though they wish there was something more they could do.

According to the police report, the pillar that fell on Sagun was only buried in the ground several inches deep with no reinforcements. WHO spoke with a mason who said those kinds of structures should be buried below the frost line, at least a foot down, with a concrete or rebar anchor.

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