4-wheeler victim remembered as ‘a girly girl’

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 25, 2009

Caitlin Rose Lopez, a 15-year-old who died Wednesday in a four-wheeler accident, was described by her mother as a “girly girl who could dig down in the dirt.”

Caitlin loved animals and her family, and she loved to hunt,” Rose “Bodie” Lopez said Thursday. “But she absolutely loved music; she loved singing and dancing.”

Caitlin was pronounced dead at River Region Medical Center Tuesday afternoon, about an hour after she and 6-year-old twins Karlisle and Klawsen Madison were thrown from an all-terrain vehicle they were riding along Campbell Swamp Road in south Warren County.

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The sisters, the daughters of Selena Madison and Chris Madison of Vicksburg, remained in University Medical Center late Thursday. Klawsen was listed in fair condition in the intensive care unit, and Karlisle was in good condition, a hospital spokesman said.

Sheriff Martin Pace confirmed late Thursday that all three of the girls were riding on one four-wheeler, a Yamaha Big Bear, on the gravel road when the driver, who has not been identified, apparently lost control and the four-wheeler skidded along a barbed-wire fence before flipping and hitting a tree.

All three girls were thrown from the vehicle, the sheriff said.

Caitlin also leaves her father, Johnny Lopez, and three older sisters.

Funeral services under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home were scheduled for Saturday.


Contact Tish Butts at tbutts@vicksburg post.com