According to the Des Moines Register, 13-year-old Peri Sagun was killed Saturday when she jumped into her backyard hammock, which was tied to a tree and a 5-foot-tall brick light post. Her 16-year-old sister was sitting in the hammock at the time, but the force of Peri's jump caused the light post to collapse and bricks to fall onto Peri's head.
Though Peri's father attempted CPR and first aid, Peri was declared dead at Mercy Medical Center shortly after the accident. The eighth-grader was due to graduate from St. Augustin Catholic School next week, where she'd been a student since kindergarten. Peri would've graduated as an honor student, KCCI reports. She would've also been named a Presidential Scholar for her high scores on reading, math, and science Iowa state assessments.
Peri's classmates and teachers are still in shock and told the news station, "She was just a very kind girl." One teacher said, "She was so rule-bound, I mean you just want a whole class like that that never turns sideways, and that's how she was." A statement from the school reports Peri dreamed about college and a career as an interior designer: "Her energy, smile, and caring for those close to her will be what is most remembered."
Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Peri be made to the Central Iowa Tennis Alliance. Her funeral will be held next Friday.
This is not the first freak accident involving a hammock that has killed a 13-year-old. In 2010, seventh grader Kyle Kerr was found strangled to death by the hammock hanging in his room. A Toy Safety report claims at least 12 children have died from hammock-related incidents since 1984.