Girl, 12, Killed Trying to Save Her Dog After It Ran Into Traffic Will Be Buried with Beloved Pet

The middle school student and her dog were struck by a car after the dog ran off into a busy road A 12-year-old Virginia girl and her dog are going to be buried together after the pair was tragically hit and killed by a car over the weekend. Jennarae Goodbar, of Lexington, was training her dog Cash — or Cashiemomo as she liked to call her — outside of her home on Saturday when the dog suddenly took off running toward a busy road in Rockbridge County, WTVR reported.

As Goodbar desperately tried to catch her beloved pet, they both ran call at front of a car and were hit by a driver who was unable to prevent in time, consistent with the local news outlet. Tragically, the person driving the car was a family friend, WFXR reports. The bond between Goodbar and Cash was a especial one: the Maury River secondary school student reportedly purchased the dog as well as the money and treated her as if “her baby,” Donna Jean Stuples, Goodbar’s mother, told WTVR.


Staples also explained that Cash and Jenna Rae are going to be buried together on the day of her funeral. The service is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday in Lexington. In her obituary in the News-Gazette, the 12-year-old’s family wrote that “she never met a stranger” and will be remembered, “as the country girl who was always smiling, never negative, could go from wearing cowboy boots and pants to a dress with Converse during a blink of an eye .” “Jennarae was loved by numerous, there are numerous people that we can’t even begin to call but just know that she didn't meet a stranger and she or he loved everyone so dearly,” her family said. Following the accident, a GoFundMe page was found in Goodbar’s memory, with donations getting to the family to help with the funeral, burial, and other unexpected costs. “Jennarae Nicole Goodbar was killed during a tragic accident this afternoon,” the page reads. “She will always be remembered as a sweet, energetic, dog loving, hunting loving female child — a touch girl who touched the lives of the many .” Since the campaign was created on Saturday, it's raised over $13,000. Local police are currently investigating the tragic crash. Authorities didn't immediately answer PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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