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Girl, 9, dies after brake lever severs artery in bike crash in US

Charlene Preslee-Kay Sipes lost her life after hitting kerb in Kentucky

A girl in Kentucky has died after a brake lever on her bike’s handlebars severed an artery in her neck after she hit a kerb while riding her bike on Tuesday, her ninth birthday.

A friend of the family of Charlene Preslee-Kay Sipes have set up a GoFundMe page in her memory, reports the Courier Journal.

LaRue County Sheriff Russel McCoy said the youngster, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had been the victim of a “freak accident.”

Writing on Facebook, her mother, Tiffany Fischer, wrote: "This is isn't supposed to be real. It's supposed to be a dream. I’m going to wake up and it's all a nightmare.

"My beautiful baby. My smart and loving and funny baby.

"She was so funny,” she added. “She loved to laugh. She loved to make other people laugh. She had the stars in her eyes and such big dreams. Big, big dreams."

So far, the GoFundMe ‘In Memory of Charlie’ which was set up by family friend Lisa Dewsee has raised more than $12,000 against a target of $2,000.

Dewsee said: "I can't imagine losing a child. I just wanted to help in any way I could."

After the funeral on Saturday, she added: “Yesterday we said goodbye. The gathering couldn’t have been more beautiful. Charlie was surrounded by hundreds of flowers and wind chimes and so many friends and family who love her. It was an honor to be there.”

It's the second freak incident we have reported on in the past year or so in which a child in the US has lost their life while riding their bike.

In August last year, six-year-old Denny Curran died in Washington State after becoming impaled on his bike's handlebar, with reports suggesting that the rubber grip had worn through and that there were no plugs on the end of the bars.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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