CRIME
07/21/2014 03:52 pm ET

Teen Dies After Tragic Go-Kart Malfunction

On and off the track, Kierstin Eaddy touched lives.

A Texas community is in mourning today after the 14-year-old girl was killed in a tragic go-kart crash on Sunday. The Flower Mound native had just crossed the finish line at a Texas Motor Speedway event when her kart malfunctioned and she was unable to stop, CBS-DFW reports. The kart reportedly went through a low fence, stripping off Kierstin's helmet.

She was airlifted to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Kierstin's father, Todd Eaddy, told WFAA that it was a "freak accident." He described his daughter as a wonderful friend who was heartfelt and engaged in her community. She spent countless hours volunteering for children with autism.

"She touched the hearts of so many people," Todd Eaddy told WFAA.

Fort Worth police are investigating the crash. It was not immediately clear how the kart malfunctioned. Representatives for the Sports Car Club of America, which sponsored the event, said all riders are required to wear helmets during their races. SCCA President Lisa Noble issued this statement late Sunday:

All of us at the SCCA are shocked and saddened to hear about Sunday’s tragic accident involving Kierstin Eaddy. We are a Club of families, and are shaken by the loss of this young competitor. Personally, and on behalf of the SCCA, my heartfelt condolences go out to Kierstin’s family, friends, and the participants at Sunday’s event.

A Facebook page was set up in memory of Kierstin, who friends and family described as passionate, courageous and inspiring.

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