CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two girls are dead after a brick pillar tied to a hammock collapsed and fell on them in Cleveland Heights Sunday night, according to a spokesperson for the city.
At about 7:45 p.m., police and fire crews responded to Berkshire Road and discovered two girls were in a hammock tied to a tree and a brick pillar when the pillar collapsed and fell on them, the spokesperson said in a news release.
Once the pillar was removed and the girls were freed, they received immediate treatment and were taken by a rescue squad to a nearby hospital, the release states.
Several hours later, the girls succumbed to their injuries and they died at the hospital.
The teens were identified by officials at The Hathaway Brown School as Scout Scaravilli, 14, and Chasey Scaravilli, 12, of Cleveland Heights.
The school released the following statement from Head of School Fran Bisselle:
“The entire HB community is saddened by the loss of the Scaravilli sisters; they will be greatly missed by so many friends, classmates, and teachers. Our thoughts and prayers are dedicated to their family.”
School officials said Hathaway Brown School is developing grief counseling opportunities for students and parents. Students, parents, and faculty members are invited to campus Monday, June 15, from 7-8 p.m. to reflect on the life and memories of Scout and Chasey.