Two Cleveland Heights girls die after apparent accident while in hammock

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**Correction- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says the girls were 12 and 14. Police had previously told us the girls were 13 and 14.**

Scout and Chasey Scaravilli. Photos courtesy of Hathaway Brown School

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) — Police are investigating after two teenage girls died in an apparent accident. 

Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg tells the FOX 8 I-Team that around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, police and fire responded to a call of a girl trapped underneath some bricks on Berkshire.

When officers arrived, they discovered there were two girls, ages 12 and 14, who were in a hammock tied to a tree and brick pillar. Police say it appears the pillar collapsed and fell on the girls.  

Once the pillar was removed and the girls were freed, they received immediate treatment and were transported by a rescue squad to an area hospital, the chief said. 

Police say several hours later, the two girls died at the hospital.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as 12-year-old Chasey Scaravilli and 14-year-old Scout Scaravilli.

A spokesperson for Hathaway Brown School said Scout was a rising ninth grader and Chasey was a rising seventh grader. The spokesperson said the school was making plans to provide grief counseling for students and parents.

Hathaway Brown sent a letter about the accident to school families Monday morning and said the sisters leave behind two younger sisters in addition to their parents.

“The entire HB community is saddened by the loss of the Scaravilli sisters; they will be greatly missed by so many friends, classmates, and teachers,” Hathaway Brown Head of School Fran Bisselle said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are dedicated to their family.”

The school spokesperson said students, parents, and faculty members are invited to campus from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday for an informal gathering to remember the victims.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

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