Monday, July 29, 2013 , Updated 8:59 a.m., August 2, 2013
UPDATED: 8-year-old girl died in Frisco bicycle accident
Northwest's trails were closed in the days following the accident, though a makeshift memorial was created where people placed flowers throughout the week.
FRISCO An 8-year-old girl died Saturday morning after a bicycle-related accident in a Frisco park near Lone Star High School.
Frisco fire and police units responded to the accident, which took place at Northwest Community Park, shortly after 9 a.m. The girl, identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office as Kaylee Mae Kampschroeder, was taken to Children's Medical Center of Dallas by CareFlite helicopter and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The medical examiner ruled Kaylee's death as accidental, caused by blunt force trauma from her fall, which damaged internal organs.
Authorities said Kaylee fell off her bike while riding on a trail in the park; she was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Online records indicate Kaylee had experience participating in a mountain bike championship event.
Pam Jackson, president of the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association, said she met Kaylee at a Christmas light bike ride in Plano in December 2011. Jackson rode with a group that included Kaylee's family, noting that the 8-year-old shared a passion for cycling with her parents.
"It is hard to lose any member of our mountain bike community, but losing a child hurts even more. Speaking for myself, I am heartbroken for Kerry, Michelle [Kaylee's father and mother], and the rest of their family," she said. "From calls and comments made, I am sure the rest of the Dallas mountain biking community mourns the loss of Kaylee. My hearts and prayers go out to the Kampschroeder family and Kaylee's friends."
Jackson added that Kaylee's parents indicated their daughter had planned on competing in DORBA races later this year.
Kaylee attended elementary school in Aubrey, where friends encouraged others to wear a pink ribbon in her honor. Pink ribbons were also tied to multiple Northwest signs.
Northwest Community Park opened in October with 5 miles of hike-and-bike trails. The trails, designed for mountain bikes but also open to walkers and runners, were built and are maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association, Shawnee Trail Cycling Club, and Frisco Cycling Club.
The park's trails are separated into three loops, with the longest loop, described as "beginner friendly," measuring 2.5 miles in length. Two shorter loops include tighter turns and larger hills.
Northwest's trails were closed in the days following the accident, though a makeshift memorial was created where people placed flowers throughout the week. A prayer vigil was held Wednesday afternoon followed by a remembrance bike ride in Kaylee's honor.
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