****Editor’s note: The DNR now says the vehicle involved in the crash was an ORV, an off-road utility vehicle****
A 6-year-old Montezuma girl is fighting for her life after an ATV she was riding in rolled on top of her.
According to family friends, her father received a call that some of their cattle were loose Monday morning. Six-year-old Kara Meyer and her younger brother went with him to check on the livestock. While parked on the side of a gravel road, the road gave way.
“It was just a freak thing that nobody had any control over. It just happened. We’re 100% behind the family. Just hoping for the best,” says family friend Beth Holland.
“It’s a really small community and we’re all like family and it really hits home,” says Macy Taylor.
The little girl is in critical condition in an Iowa City hospital. As her family sits at her bedside, friends back home are rallying behind the little girl. They started a Facebook page called Prayers for Kara. Then someone had the idea to do a cartwheel challenge.
“I was immediately like, ‘Yeah, of course. That’s a great idea,'” says Taylor.
Taylor was the first to take part in Cartwheels for Kara and others soon joined in. Each person challenges someone else and each cartwheel raises money for the family.
“She’s got the biggest smile and biggest eyes. She just melts your heart. She’s just a sweetheart. We all love her very much,” says Holland.
Organizers say these fundraisers will show the Meyer family just how much the community loves and supports them.
“Everybody is thinking about her and hoping for the best. Hoping that she comes out of it OK,” says Holland.
Kara’s family is posting regular updates on her condition. Today, they say that doctors are concerned about swelling on her brain.