A rural Leavenworth girl was killed Thursday night after she became trapped in a pond under an overturned utility vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


A rural Leavenworth girl was killed Thursday night after she became trapped in a pond under an overturned utility vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The accident was reported at 8:37 p.m. Thursday at 31707 179th St.

Shelbee Heim, 10, had been driving a Kubota RTV 400 on a dirt path next to a pond on her family’s property. The vehicle dropped off the pond’s edge and rolled onto its driver’s side, trapping the girl under water, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

Her father, Gary Heim, realized he could not see her and went looking for her. He found the Kubota RTV 400 overturned in the pond and discovered her under the vehicle and under water. He could not move the vehicle off her and had to wait until help arrived. It’s estimated the girl was under water for about 15 minutes, according to Undersheriff Ron Cranor.

Kickapoo Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and assisted in getting the girl out of the pond. She was transported by Leavenworth County EMS to Cushing Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to the report.