Ladysmith area residents are mourning the death of 5-year-old Jaedyn Amann, who was struck by a falling soccer goal post in Watson Lake, Yukon, on Wednesday.
According to Chief Coroner Kirsten MacDonald, Amann was playing on a high school soccer field with friends when the net tipped over and hit her on the back of the head. She was rushed to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The RCMP are still investigating the incident.
Born in Nanaimo, Jaedyn is the eldest child of Paul Amann and Tara Hicks. Hilda Brown, Jaedyn’s great grandmother, said the family is well known in Ladysmith and resides in Cedar during the winter season.
“Jaedyn was about to start kindergarten out in the Cedar district,” she said.
Brown described Jaedyn as a petite little lady who loved to visit her grandparents and be active.
“She played soccer with her buddies and loved it,” she said.
Yukon Education Minister Scott Kent sent out a news release Friday expressing condolences to the family, and stating that the Department of Education is conducting its own investigation into the incident ‘to see what actions they can take to contribute to increased safety’.
As a short term pre-caution, all movable soccer nets in the area are being removed for a thorough safety assessment.
For more details, please see the full story in Tuesday’s Chronicle.