A 4-month-old infant, Dawsyn Rose Rhett, was fatally injured at the Madras Speedway the evening of July 6, in a tragic accident unrelated to the racetrack.
The child was rushed to St. Charles Madras and then flown to a hospital in the Portland area. Dawsyn Rose Rhett died in the early morning hours of July 7.
"I can confirm that Dawsyn Rose Rhett, a female infant of approximately 4 months old, who resided in Oregon City, sustained fatal injuries at the Madras Speedway on July 6, 2019," wrote Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche. "The baby was transported by air for medical treatment and died in Portland on July 7, 2019. The investigation of the baby's death is in its early stages, and if anyone saw anything at the Madras Speedway regarding this baby and her caretakers, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 541- 475-6520."
The family, from Oregon City, was watching the races at the Madras Speedway, a popular entertainment spot for people who enjoy car racing events.
To help cover funeral expenses, a gofundme page was started for Dawsyn Rhett by a family friend, Taylor Hanson, of Molalla. In the first day, the fundraising page raised $3,815 (as of July 9), with the goal of raising $5,000. By Thursday, the goal had been exceeded and was increased to $8,000; 88 people had donated.
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