Sacto 9-1-1
July 6, 2011
Coroner identifies Colusa girl who died trying to move TV

A 7-year-old girl who died Tuesday at a church rectory after a television fell and struck her on the head has been identified by the Colusa County Coroner's Office as Kateri Meraz of Colusa.

Lt. Shane Maxey of the Colusa County Sheriff's Department said the coroner determined that the cause of death was a blunt force head injury.

"It was an extremely tragic accident," Maxey said.

Colusa police officers responded to reports of an emergency at the rectory of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Ware Avenue about 1 p.m., according to a Police Department news release. They located Meraz on the floor of the conference room suffering from severe head trauma.

Investigators determined that the girl was attempting to move a cart carrying a large TV when the TV tipped over and struck her on the head. The girl and her brother were in the conference room while her mother was doing volunteer work in the rectory, police reported.

Paramedics responded and transported the girl to the Colusa Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

KCRA: Child killed in church accident - July 6, 2011

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