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8-year-old girl killed by falling cabinet at NY school: police

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 14:01:25-04

KIRYAS JOEL, NY — A 8-year-old girl was killed by a falling cabinet at an Orange County school Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police said Ruchy Friedrich was in a classroom with two of her teachers at the Kiryas Joel Union Free School just after 2:30 p.m., officials said.

Friedrich climbed onto a chair to retrieve an item from a large cabinet that was affixed to the wall, when the cabinet fell out, causing severe head trauma to the girl, according to state police.

She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, according to authorities.

The school is cooperating with the investigation and grief counseling will be provided to students and staff.

“We are devastated by the tragic accident, which took the life of one of our students. We are cooperating with the investigation, and we are providing grief counseling to students and staff affected by this tragedy. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the family and the community at this difficult time,” Superintendent Joel Petlin said in a statement.

Correction: This story has been updated with the victim’s age. Police initially reported the victim was a 7-year-old child.