Tragedy struck in Solon Township Tuesday evening, when a 5-year-old girl was killed as the result of a lawn mower accident.
The call came into dispatch about 7 p.m. reporting that a 5-year-old had been run over by a lawn mower on Marsh Creek Dr. NE, south off 22 Mile, between Simmons and Middle Lake Avenue. Solon Township fire and rescue, the Kent County Sheriff Department and Rockford ambulance responded to the call. AeroMed was put on standby.
The child, 5-year-old Jenna Ricord, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. It has been ruled an accident.
According to police, the father was mowing the lawn when the accident occurred and did not see the child. Captain Kevin Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, said in a recent interview they think the girl may have fallen and her dad did not see her. The family is still reportedly very distraught, and police are still filling in the details.
Jenna is survived by her parents Jesse and Jean Ricord; brother, Aaron and another sibling on the way. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 15164 Juniper, Marne, MI 49435.
The accident was also hard on those responding to the call. The dispatchers, first responders, deputies and others on scene will be invited to attend a debriefing session on the incident later this week, where they will have the opportunity to talk about what they witnessed with trained counselors.