Utah family devastated after high school senior killed in tubing accident

Jan 22, 2024, 6:25 PM | Updated: Jan 23, 2024, 11:11 am

CASTLE DALE — There is shock and devastation in Central Utah after a high school senior was killed while tubing with her friends on what was planned to be a fun group date for a school’s winter formal.

Kirsten Beagley, 18, was tubing with her friends Saturday at a popular sledding hill at the Cleveland Reservoir area of Huntington Canyon when her tube went onto the road.

“It’s heart wrenching. Nothing prepares you for something like this,” Kyle Beagley, Kirsten’s dad said.

“I think the word is just heartbroken. That’s what I’ve heard a lot of people say that their hearts are broken, and that’s, that’s what we feel right now,” Janell Beagley, Kirsten’s mom said.

“She’s just the happiest person ever. She always had a smile on her face. She loved spending time with her family and her friends. She was always ready to go on an adventure,” Kirsten’s older sister, Jannika Beagley said.

“Just to see her for a minute, on Saturday morning. And then it’s just, it’s kind of hard to grasp [that she’s gone],” said Clarrissa Beagley, another sister.

Kirsten was with a group of four couples. All on a group date for Emery High School’s winter formal, scheduled to take place this Saturday.

a girl stands in a pink dress in front of a white door in a home

Kirsten Beagley, 18, was killed in an accident during an outing with friends. (Courtesy Beagley family)

According to the Emery County Sheriff’s Office, she was on a inner tube with another girl when it went too far and onto the road.

“It was nothing that they did wrong or anything. They’re just tubing down that hill and went too fast and went over the first snowbank and onto the asphalt,” Sheriff Tyson Huntington told KSL TV.

Kirsten died where the accident took place from what is believe to be a neck or head injury. She was a young woman who was known and loved by all in the small community of Castle Dale, including the sheriff.

“Huge loss of a beautiful, smart, capable young woman, bright future,” Huntington said.

It’s that community’a love and the Beagley’s faith in God that is holding them together.

“Everybody’s reaching out, embracing us putting their arms around us,” Kyle Beagley said. “We love our Savior, and we truly believe in Him. We have a deep faith and conviction that we will be with Kirsten again. Though it really hurts right now, and it’s going to hurt for a long time, but we can be with her again.”

“She’s in the loving arms of other of our family members that have passed away, and that’s a great comfort to us,” Janell Beagley said.

Kirsten Beagley, 18, was killed in an accident. She was a senior in high school from Castle Dale, Utah. (Courtesy Beagley family)

The Beagleys are also heartbroken over Kirsten’s friends witnessing such a tragedy.

“I just put my arms around them, and I told them thank you for being there for her, because they did. They did everything they could to help her and they were right there with her. They just loved her. We just really appreciate that,” Janell Beagley said.

The extended family of the Beagley’s have set up a GoFundMe* if you wish to donate.

*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 advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

(KSL TV)...

Annie Knox and Daniella Rivera

5 things to know about KSL’s legal fight for transparency

How much should Utahns get to know about how elected officials spend their time on the clock? The question is at the center of a legal fight taking KSL to court Monday.

1 hour ago

The Utah Avalanche Center opened a new beacon training park at Pinebrook Sunday, the closest park t...

Shelby Lofton

Utah Avalanche Center opens new rescue skills training park close to Salt Lake City

The Utah Avalanche Center opened a new beacon training park at Pinebrook on Sunday, the closest park to Salt Lake City.

8 hours ago

Thousands of Filipino’s filled the stands at a historic and sacred Catholic University to attend ...

Dan Rascon

Thousands attend interfaith concert with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Thousands of people from the Philippines filled the stands at a historic and sacred Catholic University to attend an interfaith concert with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

8 hours ago

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, left, and President Joe Biden toast before Biden speaks to members of the Na...

Darlene Superville, The Associated Press

Biden and Utah’s governor call for less bitterness and more bipartisanship

President Joe Biden and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox disagree on many issues but they were united Saturday in calling for less bitterness in politics and more bipartisanship.

9 hours ago

FILE - The Utah Capitol is shown on March 3, 2023. Utah lawmakers have just five days left to pass ...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko

These are the biggest unresolved issues as Utah lawmakers enter last week of session

Utah lawmakers have just five days left to pass hundreds of bills before time runs out for the legislative session on midnight on March 1.

10 hours ago

Police said Sunday there were no injuries after a vehicle went off the road and struck a house in s...

Mark Jones

No injuries reported as vehicle leaves the road and strikes a home in southern Utah

Police said there were no injuries after a vehicle went off the road and struck a house in southern Utah on Sunday morning.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

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.

Utah family devastated after high school senior killed in tubing accident