'They were beautiful souls': Ohio sisters killed in freak accident hammock collapse

The 12- and 14-year-old sisters became trapped under a pile of bricks after their hammock collapsed.


Two sisters in Ohio died earlier this month after a freak accident led to the girls being trapped under a pile of fallen bricks.

Scout Scaravilli, 14, and her 12-year-old sister, Chasey, were on a hammock that was tied to a tree on one side and a brick pillar on the other when the brick pillar collapsed, according to reports.

Emergency responders found the girls under a pile of bricks when they responded to their Cleveland Heights home around on June 14.

The girls were soon freed from the hammock and were taken to a hospital, but they were pronounced dead there a short time later.

“They were beautiful people; they were beautiful souls," J.J. Scaravilli, the girls' father, told WKYC. "I’m going to miss them terribly. My children are gonna miss them, my wife is gonna miss them."

It was unclear how the brick pillar suddenly collapsed.

While the two girls were very different, they were very close and spent their last moments together. Scout had a nurturing personality and Chasey was a firecracker, according to their joint obituary.

Scout was an upcoming ninth-grader and Chasey was an upcoming seventh-grader at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

"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 prepared statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are dedicated to their family."

The girls are survived by their parents and their younger twin sisters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.