FAMILY & PARENTING

Tragic ‘Freak’ Hammock Accident Kills 14-Year-Old Ohio Girl And Her 12-Year-Old Sister

by Amy Paige
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Two sisters from Cleveland Heights, Ohio — 14-year-old Scout Scaravilli and her 12-year-old sister, Chasey — were simply enjoying their day in the sun.

Scout and Chasey, who both attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, were inseparable. They loved playing outside together.

The pair were relaxing on a hammock in their backyard. One end of the hammock was tied to a tree and the other was tied to a brick pillar.

Suddenly, a tragic freak accident occurred as the support gave way, and the brick pillar collapsed onto the hammock, trapping both sisters beneath the pile of heavy bricks.

Scout and Chasey’s younger sister frantically called 911 as their parents tried to free the girls from the crushing weight.

“My parents are trying to get it off! They’re screaming right now,” she told the dispatcher. “I’m really scared. I need help really bad! Really, really bad!”

Watch the video below to see how this devastating story unfolded.

As it turns out, these types of hammock accidents are not unprecedented, but there are steps that can be taken to help prevent them from happening.

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