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BRIDGEWATER, NH – A 12-year-old girl was killed after her father accidentally ran her over with a power boat.

According to the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol, Zoe Anderson was with her family learning to water ski on Newfound Lake when she fell.

As her father, Sherwood Anderson, turned the boat towards where his daughter had fallen in order to bring back the ski line, his attention “was momentarily distracted as his hat was blown from his head,” according to police.

Although Anderson had put the boat into neutral, it glided over Zoe at a slow speed and she was struck by the boat’s propeller, causing serious injuries to her torso. Zoe’s mother and 14-year-old sister were also on the boat when she was struck.

“Family members did enter the water and were able to remove the victim from the water,” Sgt. Joshua Dirth said. “At that point. they did call 911, and they made transport back to the shoreline.”

First responders attempted to revive her with CPR while waiting on a medical helicopter, but officials said Zoe died before she could be transported.

No drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident, and no charges are expected to be filed.

“I think this is a family that for all intents and purposes was having a beautiful day out on Newfound Lake, and they were looking to spend the day together, and unfortunately, in a blink of an eye, everything changed, so this is a tragedy,” Dirth said.

I cannot imagine being in that father’s shoes at the moment. Having to live with the fact that you accidentally killed your own daughter because of a hat. Jesus.

Last month we reported on a similar case in which a 4-year-old girl was accidentally ran over by a houseboat and died after getting tangled up in the boat’s two motors.

Thanks to Jay in the Dreamin’ Demon Facebook Group for this story.

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