Kirsten Beagley, an 18-year-old high school senior, lost her life in a tubing accident at Huntington Canyon, Utah on Saturday, January 20, 2024.
Beagley and a companion were sledding down a hill at the Cleveland Reservoir in Huntington Canyon. The tube they were in struck a bump, ejecting Beagley onto an asphalt surface beside State Route 31.
The Emery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed her death at the scene, indicating a head or neck injury as the likely cause, according to a report on ksl.com.
The tube was carrying both Beagley and another girl who, as reported by Fox13Now, managed to roll off the tube before the fatal incident.
Emery County Sheriff Tyson Huntington stated that the girls were not at fault, describing the incident as an anomalous accident that took place because the tube went too fast and crossed the snowbank onto the asphalt.
Beagley, a resident of Castle Dale, Utah, was a student at Emery High School. The tubing outing during which the accident occurred was a multi-couple date in celebration of the school’s winter formal.
In a heartfelt tribute, her classmates and friends at Emery High School, wore pink, referred to as “Kirsten’s Kolor,” on Monday, January 22, to honor her memory.
Her sister, Jannika Beagley, spoke of Kirsten as “the happiest person ever” who had a passion for dance and was always eager for an adventure.
Her parents expressed their deep grief over the incident. Her father, Kyle Beagley, referred to the loss as “heart-wrenching,” emphasizing the unpreparedness one experiences in such a situation.
A GoFundMe page was established by a family member, Paige Davis, in the aftermath of the incident. It has raised over $19,000 to assist the Beagley family.
Kirsten was also known for her role as captain of the drill team at her school, in addition to her participation in various school activities.