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

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
May 18, 2016 Updated: May 18, 2016

A 13-year-old girl from Des Moines, Iowa, died in a “freak” hammock accident, reports say.

Peri Sagun died on Saturday after a brick pillar collapsed onto the hammock as she and her sister were sharing it outside their home, a police report said.

The Des Moines Register reported that she had set up the hammock with her 16-year-old sibling, tying one end to a tree and the other end to a 5-foot-tall brick post.

Peri jumped into the hammock as her sister was sitting on it. The brick post then collapsed onto her head. Her sister then ran into the home, yelling for her father, who came out and performed CPR and first aid on her until EMT workers arrived on the scene, the Register reported.

She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:52 p.m. local time.

“She was a person who was friendly and happy and always wanted to do her best,” Nancy Dowdle, principal at St. Augustin School, told the paper.

She was slated to graduate eighth grade next week.

“She dreamed about sunshine, college, and a career as an interior designer. The glow from Peri was felt when she entered a room, even to those who didn’t know her. But anyone who knew her did and will always love her. Her energy, smile, and caring for those close to her will be what is most remembered,” read a statement from her school, per KCCI-TV.

Des Moines Police don’t suspect there was any foul play involved.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.