Human Interest 2-Year-Old Girl Dies in 'Freak Accident' After Truck Part Pops Off and Strikes Her Head Delilah Hunt was at a birthday party in Texas when the incident occurred By Rachel DeSantis Rachel DeSantis Instagram Twitter Rachel DeSantis is a writer/reporter covering music at PEOPLE. She has held various roles since joining the brand in 2019, and was previously a member of the human interest team. As a music writer, Rachel interviews everyone from rock-and-roll legends to up-and-coming stars for magazine feature stories and digital news stories. Rachel is based in New York City, and previously worked as an entertainment reporter at the New York Daily News after getting her start as an Entertainment Weekly intern. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 21, 2021 10:38 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Delilah Hunt. Photo: gofundme A 2½-year-old girl was killed in a freak accident after she was struck in the head by a rogue car part at a family birthday party, according to local reports. Delilah Hunt, of Gordonville, was critically injured after "a part on a Chevy pick-up [flew] off the engine tank" on July 11, her family wrote on a GoFundMe page. She died three days later. "We are so heartbroken and sad," the page read. Delilah was sitting on a four-wheeler at a family birthday party when the incident occurred, according to CBS/Fox affiliate KXII. Family members were in the process of moving a nearby truck— but when they started the car, the AC compressor plate popped off and struck Delilah, the outlet reported. RELATED VIDEO: 7-Week-Old Baby Hospitalized with Brain Bleed After Being Hit By Rogue Softball "It was just a random freak accident," first responder Tim Bilderback told the outlet. "If she was anywhere besides the spot she was sitting in, the injury would not have been as bad. Nobody expects that to happen." The child was reportedly flown in critical condition to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, where she later died. "She was the smartest little 2-year-old there was, and [the] spunkiest; she just loved the world," her grandmother Tina Heineken told KXII. 6-Year-Old Hiking with Family Critically Injured After He's Hit in the Head by a Rock Aunt Martina Steinbrook added that the family is still coming to terms with what happened. "[I'm] hurt, not mad at anybody for it because it was a freak accident. We're all in shock," she told the outlet.