Georgia teenager fatally struck by tree on camping trip

Olive Rios
May 23, 2017

"I was one of the girls sitting around the campfire and I saw the tree fall", Erin O'Reilly told WSB-TV.

While camping at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville Friday night, a tree supporting her hammock fell onto Joelle, knocking her unconscious and unresponsive, according to Brad Cothran, spokesperson for Bartow County Emergency Medical Services. Reports say her injuries included a fractured skull and spinal damage and she may have suffered swelling in her brain.

"One smile from her made me feel happy, it made me feel worthy and all of my problems went away", said one friend who has known Joelle since kindergarten.

Joelle Dalgleish, a sophomore at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, died Sunday morning, according to school officials. Dalgleish is now being remembered as someone who made a lasting impression on anyone she met. "We didn't know it hit Joelle, so we went over there, and we were like 'Can you hear me?' and that's when Kate said call 911 and that's when all the girls started coming out of their tents". "The Harrison community is very sad about losing her".

She laughed easily and loved cracking a joke.

Following Dalgleish's death, Harrison High School Principal Ashlynn Campbell released a letter to Harrison families on the school's website. A crisis team was also at Lewis Elementary School Monday where Joelle's mother, Patty Dalgleish, is a third-grade teacher, said Lowry.

"She had already impacted so many lives, and this event impacts everyone so much more, just to make sure they hold on to everyone close".

"Things that you went through and everything you're going to go through, it was pre-planned out for you", she says in the video.

"Just know that we are here to support all of our Hoyas", Campbell said.

Grief counselors were dispatched to Harrison High Monday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER