The accident happened on Oct. 28, when Jennarae Goodbar chased after her dog Cash out onto the road in Rockbridge County.
The girl was training her dog outside when the dog ran onto Route 60.
A driver ran into both the girl and dog, killing them. Police are investigating the crash.
12-year-old JennaRae Goodbar died after being hit bay a car on Route 60 Saturday. https://t.co/qWlAyp2GVJ
— WSLS 10 (@wsls) October 29, 2018
“On [the] day of service [Cash] will be placed in there with [Jennarae] and be buried together,” Donna Jean Stuples, the girl’s mother, told WTVR. “She bought her with her own cash. It was her baby.” The funeral is scheduled for Nov. 3.
More than $20,000 was raised for the funeral through GoFundMe.
“Jennarae Nicole Goodbar was killed in a tragic accident this afternoon. She will always be remembered as a sweet, energetic, dog loving, hunting loving little girl—a little girl who touched the lives of many,” wrote Sonja Cash of Buena Vista.
“Your donation will help to cover the cost of unexpected expenses. No amount is too small. Thank you for your donation and please lift up this family in your prayers.”
Community Mourns Loss
The community was mourning the loss of Jennarae, whose death came just one day after a 59-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run on Route 11.
“Pretty emotional with all her family there. Of course, it was right across from where she lived, so her dad was there and her brother,” Kerrs Creek Volunteer Fire Department Vice President Emory Higgins, who knew the girl since she was born, told WFVR.
“Coming up on something like this is going to stay in your memory for a long time.”
A 12-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car while chasing her beloved dog in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Now, they’ll be laid to rest together. https://t.co/OPqXhTezFK
— FOX59 News (@FOX59) October 29, 2018
Jennarae and her brother often played inside the fire department building as infants as her father was chief there and her mother was treasurer.
“Jennarae, like so many of our students, being from a rural county, was an avid outdoorsman. She was unique in her hobbies. She was an avid bear hunter, and she would gladly show you pictures of her hunts and her successes. But she loved her dogs more than anything,” Billy Thomas, principal of Maury River Middle School, told WSLS.
Family members said they’ve received an outpouring of support since the sudden death from the community.