By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
The Dora schools community is in mourning after one of its 7-year-old students died from injuries she sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday evening.
Dora schools Superintendent Steve Barron described first-grade student Eva Schmith as having a “delightful sense of humor,” and someone who was always willing to help others.
“We are greatly saddened by the passing of Eva Schmith,” Barron said in a statement. “In our rural communities, every student we have is precious and important to us and to lose of them so unexpectedly is a tremendous tragedy.”
Schmith was driving an ATV on private property around 7 p.m. on Sunday when she made a right hand turn, which caused her to be thrown from the vehicle, according to a New Mexico State Police report. The vehicle overturned approximately two-and-a-half times, according to the report.
The ATV collided with Schmith as it was overturning, causing fatal injuries. The child was not wearing a helmet during the collision, the report said.
Police declined to say if there were witnesses or if the child was under supervision. No other injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.
Barron said teachers were tasked with the hard job of talking though the tragedy with their students and classmates of Schmith.
“The students would gravitate to Eva due to her kindness,” Barron said.
Barron added that the schools will act as a strong source of support for whoever needs it in the community.
“Eva will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and our school community,” he said. “Our condolences and prayers go out to the family.”