Jennarae Nicole Goodbar was chasing after her dog, Cash, on Saturday when the two were struck by a car that didn’t have time to stop.
The 12-year-old and her beloved dog were killed together — and now they will be buried together too, according to the girl’s mom, Donna Jean Stuples.
Goodbar was training Cash when the dog took off onto Route 60 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA. The girl made the split-second decision to run after the dog, family members said.
Police are still investigating, but it appears to simply be a tragic accident. “Goodbar was chasing the family dog when she entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle,” Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.E. Tackett said.
Stuples said her daughter was enamored with the dog. “She bought her with her own cash. It was her baby,” she said.
NOTE: THIS STORY WAS PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER, 2018