Jaylon Rippy died Thrusday after getting hit by the fish on the Suwannee River, south of Lake City, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said speaking to NBC News.
Her mother, Tanya Faye Rippy, and 9-year-old brother, Trevor Rippy, were injured by the flying fish as well, the statement said.
Members of the family — from the town of Trenton, about 30 miles south of the river — were airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, officials added.
A GoFundMe account set up for the Rippy family to cover funeral expenses and medical costs had raised more than $8,000 by Saturday night.
The type of sturgeon in the Suwannee River are known for leaping and can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh 200 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Meanwhile this past weekend a man was killed by an alligator in texas after failing to head multiple warnings.
According to media reports Saturday, the 28-year-old man ignored warning signs posted along the edge of the water, the reports said.
He had been swimming in Burkart’s Marina in the southeast Texas town of Orange, near the border with Louisiana, around 2:30 a.m. on Friday.
Tommie Woodward was attacked immediately after jumping into the water, KFDM television in Beaumont, Texas reported, quoting eye-witnesses.
A game warden found Woodward’s body around 4:30 a.m. about 200 yards from the attack site. His left arm had been bitten and there were puncture wounds on his chest, according to the Huff Post.