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Father of girl who died in Kaysville parade is thankful for those who helped

Jul 5, 2022, 10:00 PM
Friends and witnesses are posting about the accident during the parade.

KAYSVILLE, Utah — The father of the 8-year-old girl killed in an accident during the Kaysville Fourth of July parade is expressing gratitude to all who assisted his daughter.

“Here’s a father that is less than 24 hours in depths of grief that I’ve never witnessed,” said family spokesman Ryan Dopp. “Whose expressing concern for others. His hope and desire that they are OK. That the driver of that car and trailer is OK.”

Dopp says Macie Hill was a joy to be around.

“She was a light,” he said. “She was a little ball of energy, she lit up a room wherever she went. And we are going to miss her.”

Hill was in the Kaysville parade with her cheer team. Dopp says she was either trying to get on or off the trailer when the accident occurred.

The Patriot Cheer All-Stars issued a statement Tuesday on social media regarding Monday’s tragedy.

“The Patriot Cheer Gym is devastated by the loss of one of our strong, amazing, and inspiring athletes in this tragic accident,” the statement read. “Macie’s amazing attitude, hard work and dedication were inspiring to the girls both older and younger. Macie was beloved by her coaches for her positive attitude, teammates for constantly encouraging others to keep going, and her extended gym family by always having a smile on her face. Macie was everyone’s friend, always welcoming new and old friends into the gym and to the sport she loved.”

Pink ribbons and hearts line the neighborhood in Layton where Hill lived.

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