Girl, 16, who died after accident at on last day of school attended Viewmont High

May 23, 2023, 11:19 PM | Updated: Jul 30, 2023, 9:38 pm

WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah — The family of a 16-year-old killed in a tragic accident Tuesday afternoon was a student at Viewmont High School.

Madolin Morley was celebrating the end of the year with friends on the last day of school in West Bountiful, her family told KSL.

She was in a hammock in the backyard of a friend’s house with three friends when a rock pillar the hammock was tied to fell on her and killed her.

Her uncle released a statement on behalf of the family:

“We are all saddened by the sudden loss of our sweet Madolin – a kind, caring, and bright young woman who touched countless lives. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends, school, and community. As we all grieve in our own ways, let us all act as Madolin would, by thinking of others first and being a friend to all.” – Matt Morley

Viewmont High School also released a statement that said, in part, “Our hearts are heavy following, the sudden death of one of our students. This student was celebrating the end of school with friends and classmates when the tragic accident occurred, we are deeply saddened for the family and classmates and staff members who are affected by this untimely loss.”

According to a West Bountiful police press release, first responders were called to the backyard of a home near the 800 West block of Heritage Point Lane at approximately 1:33 p.m.

An ambulance took Morely to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. Another teen suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Police believe the incident was accidental.

Tuesday was the last day of school at Viewmont. However, grief counselors will be at the school Wednesday starting at 8 a.m. for anyone who needs them.

A GoFundMe* has been established to help Madolin’s family at this time.

SafeUT app: Parents, students, and educators can connect with a licensed crisis counselor through chat by downloading the SafeUT app or by calling 833-3SAFEUT (833-372-33888) 24/7

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Accidents & Injuries

The van losing control on the highway almost hitting UHP Trooper Juan Branchini. (Courtesy: Utah Hi...

Brianna Chavez

UHP trooper avoids potential crash, credits drivers for slowing down

A close call for some drivers in Layton Friday morning after a van slid across HWY 89 going northbound due to snow on the road.

2 days ago

Noah McArthur (left) in the hospital with his mother, Christine Sara (right) (Courtesy: Christine S...

Emma Benson

Local school district making changes after 3 students hit in crosswalks

After three teenagers were hit by a car in the last year, Wasatch School District is implementing new safety features on their city's streets.

2 days ago

File photo...

Michael Houck

8-year-old flown to hospital after falling from second-story window in Eagle Mountain

An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized after falling from a second-story window in Eagle Mountain Thursday evening.

3 days ago

Andre Posen, his wife Bridgette, and their two children. (KSL TV)...

Debbie Worthen

‘They saved my family’: father recounts miracles after his family was hit by a car

The father and husband of a family who was hit by a car and pinned underneath it recounts his side of the story, crediting their livelihood and survival to miracles, a group of teenagers, and an airmen that came to their rescue.

4 days ago

Students rushing into save the mother and child trapped underneath a car at Layton Christian Academ...

Shelby Lofton

‘I didn’t grasp the realness of the situation;’ Students, airman relive rescue of mother, children pinned under car

Layton Christian Academy students and a Hill Air Force Base airman are recalling the rescue of a mother and her two young children who were pinned underneath a car. 

4 days ago

Deer passing through one of the wildlife underpasses....

Katija Stjepovic and Michael Houck, KSL TV

UDOT plans to build three new wildlife underpasses

A recent grant to UDOT has the agency thinking of new ways to improve road safety involving wildlife. 

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Girl, 16, who died after accident at on last day of school attended Viewmont High