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Canton teen killed by falling tree on Sunday

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The superintendent of schools has identified the 13-year-old girl, who died after police said a tree fell on her in Canton on Sunday night.

The accident occurred on Old Mill Drive around 6 p.m. Allison Doyle died from injuries suffered during that accident, Superintendent of Schools Kevin D. Case said in a letter to parents on Monday.  

Doyle was in the seventh grade at Canton Middle School. Doyle played in the band as well as field hockey. 

"A sweet young woman who was a wonderful and true friend. She was extremely hard working and always did her best in the classroom, on the field hockey team, and in band," Canton Middle School Principal Pamela Hamad said in letter to parents. 

 Doyle was survived by her parents, Michael and Angeline, her brother, Tyler, a 9th grader, and her sister, Bella, a 3rd grader.

Grief counselors were on hand at Canton Middle School as well as other schools on Monday morning. The counselors "will continue to be to support our students and staff as we deal with this tragic loss within our Canton community," Case said. 

Any parents, who have specific concerns regarding their child, is asked to reach out to their child's teacher or principal. 

"We have support services available. I know you will join me in expressing our deepest condolences to the Doyle family and will keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time," Case said. 

The middle school track meet scheduled for Monday afternoon was canceled, Case said. 

The incident is under investigation by the Canton Police Department.

Officials say 100 people in the United States die per year from a falling tree or tree limb, but Arborist Chris Lucey said it is rare tragedies like these that force everyone to take a look at the trees on our properties and wonder if they are safe.

"Often times again, trees that look healthy with a lot of foliage will have a defect in the trunk or up above and the whole tree will fail, so just because a tree has leaves on it and is full of foliage does not mean it is structurally safe," Lucey said.

He recommends having a professional come out once per year to check trees on your property.

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