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12-year-old boy dies in accident in Sloan Friday

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SLOAN, Iowa -- A 12-year-old boy died Friday after an accident in Sloan. 

Woodbury County Sheriff Chad Sheehan said Saturday that sheriff's deputies were called to an accident at 1000 Rebel Way in Sloan, the address of the Westwood Community School, at around 2 p.m. Friday. The accident occurred during a homecoming parade. 

The boy was life-flighted to MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The Westwood Community School District identified the victim as Kage McDonald in a social media post. 

"Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family. Kage had an enormous heart and I enjoyed every interaction I had with him. He was a tough kid who worked hard at everything he did. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew him," Westwood Superintendent Jay Lutt said in a statement shared on social media. 

A GoFundMe fundraiser set up for the family, with a goal of reaching $3,000, had raised more than $13,600 before 5 p.m. Saturday, less than 24 hours after it was launched. 

Support services, including counselors and clergy, will be available to Westwood students and faculty, Lutt said in his statement. 

A football game originally scheduled for Friday night was postponed to Saturday following the accident. A gathering of families was held at the school's football field on Friday night. 

The accident remains under investigation. 


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