Girl, 11, Dies After Being Pulled from Bolingbrook Pond

Girl told friends she couldn't swim but was dared to jump off bridge, witnesses say

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    Witnesses told NBC Chicago the girl was part of a larger group whose members were playing a "dare game."

    An 11-year-old girl died Tuesday evening shortly after being pulled from a pond behind an elementary school in southwest suburban Bolingbrook.

    Witnesses told NBC Chicago the girl was part of a larger group whose members were playing a "dare game." Though the girl couldn't reportedly swim, the group's members dared her to jump off a bridge.

    "The girls were jumping off the bridge. I walked to the gazebo with my friends. I sat there and I told one of my friends to watch out because someone's going to get hurt," said Crystal Dolant.

    Bolingbrook police and fire crews first responded to the 1400 block of Raven Avenue near Pioneer Elementary School about 5:30 on reports that she went under the water and did not surface, said Bolingbrook police Lt. Mike Rompa.

    Dive teams from Bolingbrook and nearby Naperville found the girl and pulled her from the water about 6:30 p.m.

    Crews immediately began CPR and took her to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital where she was  pronounced dead roughly 90 minutes later.

    The girl was a fifth-grader at Pioneer Elementary School. Classmates said she loved to sing and had a good sense of humor.  Her name was not publicly released Tuesday night because authorities were unable to locate her mother.