View Full Version : Girl killed trying to save a turtle

Suki Wingy
06-09-2005, 11:43 AM
This is really sad, sorry I don't have the page the story came from.
FORT MYERS, Florida (AP) -- A 6-year-old girl darted into traffic to
save a turtle and was
killed when she was hit by a car, officials said.

Emily Kent was riding with her mother Sunday when they spotted the
turtle trying to cross busy
U.S. 41.

Geraldine Kent pulled over so they could help, and Emily jumped out as
her mother screamed at
her to wait, friends said. The first-grader was struck by a car and
died of her injuries. No
charges had been filed.

"I've had a lot of drivers swerve to avoid a raccoon or another animal
and wreck their cars,"
said Sgt. Owen Keen of the Florida Highway Patrol. "I've never had
anyone go to help an animal
and get run over."

Friends and family said Emily was an animal lover who would often try
to catch turtles and
snakes and never went far without her dog, Alexis.

06-09-2005, 12:01 PM
Thats so sad. I feel really bad for the family.

06-09-2005, 01:09 PM
That's so sad. :( We've helped quite a few turtles make it to the other side of the road, but we've never spotted one on a busy road.

06-09-2005, 01:53 PM
Poor child would have been one of those people who really made a difference for animals, if she wasn't killed. :( Often turtles cross roads in search of a place to lay eggs. Snapping turtles are always in the water unless they come out to lay eggs. I've encountered a few of them in dangerous places, and they're not easy to handle. RIP little girl. :( That's so sad.

06-09-2005, 02:16 PM
That is so so sad. :( :(

RIP Emily.

06-09-2005, 03:55 PM
That is soo sad :( :(

06-09-2005, 08:10 PM
omg. that is so sad..
i am so soory for the family.
rip emily. you are in all our hearts here are pettalk.

Suki Wingy
06-09-2005, 09:38 PM
This story REALLY scared my dad, that is why he sent it to me. He always tells me never to go into the street to save an animal, ever. :( RIP Emily. We lost a fellow animal lover, and someone who could have made a difference. I hope the family starts a fund to donate to a rescue or something in her name.