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8-year-old girl killed in Heritage Ranch ATV crash was 'always smiling'

Ireland Weaver
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The 8-year-old girl who died Thursday as a result of an ATV crash in the North County was Ireland Weaver of Paso Robles, according to a family friend.

Ireland was riding with her dad in an ATV in the private community of Heritage Ranch when the father lost control of the vehicle and it rolled on its side, authorities said.

For reasons not yet known, her father, Joshua Lee Weaver, 36, lost control of the 2014 Polaris Razor at about 6:50 p.m. while traveling south at an unknown speed on Heritage Loop Road, according to a preliminary CHP collision report.

Ireland and her dad were sitting in the driver’s seat and were not wearing seatbelts, the CHP said.

They were thrown from the vehicle when it rolled onto its left side, the CHP said. The Polaris was found on top of the driver, who was on top of the child.

The Polaris was equipped with lap and shoulder harnesses, but they weren’t used, CHP Officer Luke Hall said Friday.

The incident is under investigation.

Joshua Weaver suffered scrapes to his head, left hand and legs.

Ireland was taken in a CHP helicopter to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, where she died at 7:59 p.m.

Ireland attended Templeton Elementary School and was due to enter third grade in the fall. She had just turned 8 on June 8, said Taylor Tucker, a family friend who spoke on behalf of the family Friday.

“She was a very rambunctious little girl, loved the outdoors, loved the color pink,” Tucker said, noting that she also loved her three brothers, hiking and playing soccer. “Pretty much any and everything outdoors — she just thrived in the sun. Always happy, always smiling. Just a very loving little girl.”

Ireland’s mother, Tania Coulombe of Paso Robles, is a firefighter with Cal Fire’s station at Heritage Ranch, the same station that responded to the ATV crash.

“She was taking the paramedic (classes) at Cuesta College, and it was on a break when she got the phone call about the crash,” said Tucker, who works as a paramedic for San Luis Ambulance.

While Coulombe declined to talk to the media, Tucker said she’s grateful for the outpouring of community support.

Tucker set up an online donation website to pay for Ireland’s funeral expenses, as well as to help family from out of town attend the funeral. The account is a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/xxdehw. As of 8 p.m. Friday, $8,485 had been raised. A fundraiser also is being planned, with details not yet set.

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