When a southern Kentucky mother found her 9-year-old daughter, she was freaking out. As the girl fell off her bike, the handlebar brake lever impaled her neck and severed an artery.

Charlene “Charlie” Spies, as the girl was called, was carried to their home about 200 feet away from the rural area near Hodgenville, but the third-grader could not make it. She died on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and is survived by her parents, a sister, and three brothers, according to the Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home website.

Larue County Sheriff Russell McCoy said the accident has affected his officers and people in the community.

Principle Crystal Wilkerson of Hodgenville’s Abraham Lincoln Elementary School said Charlie’s death impacted everyone who knew her.

“Charlie was a charming, caring student who was loved by her teachers and her peers. This is a terrible loss for everyone who knew her. Our crisis team has arranged resources and support for our students, staff, and families as we cope with this loss. We ask that members of the community keep the Sipes family, as well as the teachers and students who are grieving close to your heart.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Charlie Spies and has raised nearly $3,000 for the Spies family.

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