Memorial fund set up for Amy Smith |

Memorial fund set up for Amy Smith

The Truckee community is mourning the loss of 11-year-old Amy Elizabeth Smith, a Truckee Elementary School student who was killed in a tragic accident July 12.

A memorial fund has been established in her name at the Bank of the West. People can make donations at any branch, or mail checks to: 11202 Donner Pass Road, Truckee CA 96161.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office investigators are still trying to determine exactly how an electrical shock from a kitchen refrigerator door turned fatal.

Amy Smith had been playing outside at a friend’s house with other children at approximately 4 p.m. that afternoon when she went inside wet from a water toy to get a drink, according to an NCSO report. The report stated her mother, Ruth Smith, ran into the kitchen when she heard some of the other children scream. Her daughter fell to the ground, and Smith administered mouth-to-mouth breathing until an ambulance arrived. Paramedics were unable to revive the child with CPR, and she was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they shut off power to the residence immediately. According to the report, a Town of Truckee building inspector arrived and tested the circuit of the receptacle that the refrigerator was plugged into and found the receptacle had reversed polarity.

Investigators are working with experts to help inspect the residence and possibly the appliances in order to determine exactly what caused the refrigerator door to be electrically charged.

Amy Smith had just completed the fifth grade at Truckee Elementary School and was attending summer school.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1988 in Chico, Calif.

She is survived by her mother, Ruth Wilmoth Smith; father, Kirk Smith; paternal grandparents Coy and Linda Smith of Orland, Calif.; maternal grandparents Tom and Jan Roofe of Bullhead, Ariz.; three aunts and four uncles; and many friends.

Services were held July 17 at Truckee Christian Center. A private inurnment was at Sierra Mountain Cemetery.

Counselors from the Truckee Group Individual Family Counseling (TGIF), the school district and the Nevada County Mental Health Department have been on hand at the school to help the children through the grief of losing the their friend.

For information on the Amy Smith Memorial Fund, call Bank of the West at 582-3050.

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