Kambrie Horsley, a 10-year-old girl from Malad, Idaho, died Monday in a tragic traffic accident. The funeral service was held Saturday to honor the young life taken too quickly.
While riding with her father on a Southeast Idaho road, the young girl was struck in the head by a 4-inch rock. The rock had been dislodged by a semi-truck before crashing through Horsley’s windshield and striking her in the head.
The young girl was riding “shotgun” in her father’s truck when the fatal accident occurred. After the rock hit Kambrie Horsley her father drove to Oneida County Hospital in Malad where they attempted to treat her injuries. She was then airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City but her injuries were too severe. Horsley was pronounced dead at the children’s hospital late Monday.
Kambrie Horsley’s father, Brad, is Oneida County’s coroner. Brad Horsley’s business, Horsley Funeral Home, provided an obituary for his daughter that described the wonderful she led in a short amount of time.
The family wrote in the obituary that Kambrie Horsley, also known as “Kam Kam,” was “a happy, smiling baby that loved to be right in the middle of everything.” They said she “split being the middle child with her best buddy and big brother Ethan” but that “you would have never known she was a middle child, she made sure she was seen and heard. She was such a good example and friend to her little sisters Blakely and Jordyn.”
The 10-year-old girl was “full of life and love and always up for an adventure,” the obituary read. “She was always playing with someone’s child or talking to an adult she had just met. She loved all animals and was always happy to care for a new one. Her happy countenance shown about her always and she gave everyone the best hugs! Kambrie sped through her short life with such drive and intensity modeling love and inclusion in all she did.”
Young “Kam Kam” was also very “active,” her family said. She “absolutely loved all sports as well as skiing and surfing. She loved to dance and worked hard in school because she was a little perfectionist. She always seemed older than she was and wanted to grow up so fast. Perhaps she knew she needed to fit it all in. Kambrie attended Malad Elementary School and loved all her teachers there as well as her friends of all ages.”
Most importantly Kambrie Horsley was “daddy’s girl and loved to ride anywhere with him and the boys especially up to the land riding horses,” the family wrote. Kam Kam was also “her momma’s big helper in the kitchen and with the little girls. She brought such joy to us all and there is a hole in our family until we get her back. She was simply the perfect little girl.”
Brad Horsley wrote a heartfelt Facebook post on Tuesday. He said that “Heaven gained the perfect angel today. She was the best all-around girl. I don’t know what I’ll do without her… Thank you for your thoughts, texts, and prayers. Love my Kam Kam…Can’t wait to see you again. I’ll Love you forever. I know I’ll see you again!! Please continue to pray for us. This family will need it!!! She was the BEST. Families are forever!!!”
According to the family, Horsley was laid to rest on Saturday, July 31 at 12:00 p.m., and the funeral services were held in the Malad LDS Stake Center. “Kam Kam” is survived by both her parents and five siblings.
Oneida County’s sheriff’s deputies were able to track down the driver of the semi-truck. The driver’s identity has not been revealed, though it was reported that the driver was not aware of the tragedy until after officers told him. Officers claimed there was no wrongdoing and no charges would be made.