Updated: Saturday, 02 Jan 2010, 11:43 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 02 Jan 2010, 10:41 PM EST
NUNICA, Mich (WOOD) - A parent's pain and a warning as they mourn the death of their
Chance Nash, 11, died after being involved in sledding accident on New Year's Eve.
His parents are calling it a freak accident and urging other parents and kids to look before they sled.
"The boys loved sledding. Everybody does. We all did. The only thing..I don't know what to say, we should have stayed away from that one hill we were at," said David Nash, Chance's father.
That one hill. A fallen tree, a stump underneath the snow injuring 11-year-old Chance Nash. The boy died at the hospital after being involved in a sledding accident Duncan Woods in Grand Haven.
His dad was there.
"Chance was laying down there and had a half-way smile. I told him to get up. But he fell back down," said David.
Strangers helped David Nash and his kids as they rushed Chance to the hospital.
Chance was transferred to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital where he died.
"He just kept looking at me with those eyes, those beautiful eyes. Very beautiful eyes, No tears, no nothing," said David.
They say Duncan Woods is a popular place for the family during the winter months.
The sledding always a good time until Chance tried out that little foot hill.
"The woods, the wind changes every day something that you slid on yesterday may not be good the next day, a fallen branch," said Diane Nash, Chance's mother.
Chance was described as an outgoing kid, class clown and had lots of friends. He was the second youngest of seven.
His parents say Chance and his youngest brother were inseperable.
"He'll be living here by himself cause his other brothers and sisters don't live here. So it will be me and my wife trying to take the place of Chance....it's gonna be rough."
The stump or fallen tree has been removed from the sledding area at Duncan Woods.
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