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The ten-year-old girl who died after being thrown from an amusement park ride at a harvest festival in southern New Jersey over the weekend has been identified as Hailey McMullen.
The New Jersey State Police released the girl's name on Monday, and Deerfield Township School District Chief Administrator Mary Steinhauer-Kula confirmed that Hailey was a fifth-grade student at the local elementary school.
School - Official - Hailey - Student - Condolences
The school official described Hailey as a 'beloved' student and expressed condolences to her family and friends.
Troopers were called to the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival in Cumberland County at 6pm on Saturday after Hailey was somehow 'ejected' from a Wisdom Super Sizzler 'Extreme' ride.
Hailey - Family - Members - Accident - 'distraught
Hailey's family members were said to have witnessed the accident and were described as 'distraught.'
The fifth-grader was airlifted to Cooper University hospital in Camden, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries at around 7.20pm, police said.
Tara - Dixon - Mother - Hailey - Friend
Tara Dixon, who identified herself as the mother of Hailey's close friend Ilana shared on Facebook multiple photos of the two girls and mourned the 10-year-old's untimely death.
'Hailey and Ilana became BFF’s right away,' Dixon wrote in a status update on Sunday. 'They have always been two peas in a pod, twinzies! We love you Hailey.'
Dixon - Snaps - Daughter - Hailey - Age
Dixon shared multiple sweet snaps showing her daughter and Hailey, who had known each other from the age of four, napping side by side, sitting on a couch with a small dog and happily posing up for pictures at local events.
According to the Facebook page of the girl's mother, Amanda McMullen, the 10-year-old is survived by her parents, an older brother and a younger sister.
New - Jersey - Gov - Phil - Murphy
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy addressed Hailey’s death on Monday, calling it a tragedy, according to NJ.com.
'How many carnivals have we all gone to. This poor girl. Just an awful tragedy,' he said.
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