Community of Castile Mourns Young Cheerleader

November 29, 2011 Updated Nov 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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November 29, 2011 Updated Nov 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM EDT

(Castile, NY) People in the Town of Castile, NY are mourning the death of a 9-year old girl who was a popular young cheerleader.

Riley Helmer died Monday morning, November 28th, after her father's Chevy Avalanche was struck by a Ford Explorer at the intersection of Route 77 and Perry Road in the Town of Sheldon.

The impact ejected the young girl from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators for the Wyoming County Sheriff's office say a heavy fog combined with a thick mist made visibility very difficult.

No charges have been filed and it is not yet clear whether Riley was wearing her seatbelt.

Riley Helmer was being driven to school by her father, 33-year old, Jeramie Helmer.

The young girl was a 4th grade student at the Letchworth Central Schools.

The school district released a statement saying "Our hearts go out to the Helmer Family."

Riley Helmer was an active participant in dance and cheerleading squads.

She recently received an award for being part of the Genesee Valley Junior Jills Cheerleading team.

Nicole Anderson, a coordinator for the Genesee Valley Junior Jills, says there are plans in the works to help raise money for the family through the sale of memorial buttons.

A memorial fund has also been set up through the Bank of Castile to help the family pay for unexpected expenses.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Robinson & Hackemer Funeral home in Warsaw, NY.