- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HARTFORD, S.D. (AP) - The southeastern South Dakota community of Hartford is mourning the death of a 14-year-old girl who died in what authorities say was a tragic accident.

Carli Caslin died Saturday when she was run over by a pickup truck driven by her 16-year-old brother, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened in the parking lot of a park in the town of 2,500 residents where the siblings and two friends had gone for lunch.

The boy began driving the truck, joking that he was going to leave the other three behind, Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Hoekman said.

“From the witness statements, she jumped on the vehicle, stepped on the running board, slipped and fell off the vehicle and was struck by the left front tire of the pickup,” he said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges are being filed against the boy.

“This is one of those incidents that is a tragic, tragic accident,” Hoekman said.

Carli’s funeral is Thursday at Hartford United Methodist Church. Visitation and a prayer service are scheduled Wednesday afternoon and evening.

School Superintendent Jeff Danielsen said counselors are available for students and staff at West Central Middle School, where Carli was an eighth-grader and played soccer and softball.

“Due to the nature of the accident, we know that this family will need our support for quite some time to deal with the tragedy,” Danielsen said.

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