Authorities are still investigating the incident, and the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance.
Illinois Harness Race Harper Finn: Death Cause Linked To Accident
As mentioned, a tragic incident occurred at the Effingham County Fair, resulting in the death of a 5-year-old girl named Harper Finn from Altamont, southern Illinois.
During a harness race, she was hit by a starting gate hauled by a car that failed to close properly, extending into the grandstand.
Harper was rushed to a local hospital and later airlifted to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where she passed away on Wednesday evening.
Following the incident, the fair canceled races and investigations are ongoing by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.
The Finn family received condolences, and a GoFundMe campaign was set up to support them, with over $70,000 raised as of Thursday morning.
“Our hearts were shattered when a tragic accident happened to a beloved little girl, Harper,” the GoFundMe statement says.
“Together, let’s rally around Harper and show her that a caring and compassionate community surrounds her.”
Amidst their grief, they find solace in the overwhelming support and condolences from friends, neighbors, and the community.
Harper’s absence creates an irreplaceable void, but her memories and kindness will forever testify to her extraordinary nature.
Her passing serves as a poignant reminder to embrace life fully, show kindness, and carry her spirit of love and generosity in our hearts.
Her family is heartbroken to realize she had so much life ahead cut short at such a young age. May Harper Finn rest in peace and shine bright with light.