YUMA, Ariz. - A tragedy hit the Yuma community over the weekend. An 8-year-old girl was killed in an accident on Interstate-8 near Yuma on Saturday.
The victim, Amanda Faith Cook, was in the car with the rest of her family at the time. The family of seven from Queen Creek, Arizona were once residents of Yuma.
The family was driving to Yuma to drop off loaves of bread for a fundraiser when the driver lost control and rolled the car.
According to the Department of Public Safety, her 16-year-old sister was driving when she lost control and ended in a rollover crash.
Sgt. Brian Turner said Amanda Cook was ejected from the vehicle after removing her seat belt shortly before the accident occurred.
"Just prior to this happening she removed her seat belt to grab something off the floor," Sgt. Turner said. "It can be very traumatic and it has been for [the] family."
Sgt. Turner said D-P-S and other agencies transported Cook to the Yuma Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries.
According to Cook's uncle, Randy Crum, the family is mourning the tragic loss but will remember her as a happy young girl with an infectious smile.
"She was the brightest, little bubble girl," Crum said. "She loved to sing and entertain [...] She would stand up on a chair and just sing her little heart out."
Anyone who wishes to assist the family is encouraged to visit their Go Fund Me page to help cover funeral costs, here: https://www.gofundme.com/5e2gj-the-cook-family