Highlands Ranch 12-year-old killed while learning to water ski

Investigators at the lake say Sherwood Anderson tried to circle around on Newfound Lake and was distracted just for a moment as his hat blew off his head.

KUSA - A Highlands Ranch girl is dead after a Monday morning tragedy at a New Hampshire lake. 

Zoe Anderson, 12, was learning to water ski when she was hit and killed by a boat with her father at the controls.

Investigators at the lake say Sherwood Anderson tried to circle around on Newfound Lake and was distracted just for a moment as his hat blew off his head.

It was long enough for him to miss seeing his daughter.

His wife and the victim's 14-year-old sister were also on the boat at the time.

They were in New Hampshire visiting relatives.

According to the Union Leader in New Hampshire, neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the incident and after conferring with Grafton County Attorney Lara Saffo, no criminal charges are expected, authorities report.

Anderson was a member of the Jumpstart Volleyball Academy, which released a statement about her death on Tuesday morning. 

She was described as a "true free, happy spirit, a real trooper, a coach's dream player." 

"Even after breaking her forearm and in a cast, she would come to practice with that big smile of hers and incredible contagious positive attitude," the statement read. 

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