Molly Steinsapir, the 12-year-old girl who united Twitter following a bike accident last month, has died, her parents announced Monday. She had been hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury after the crash that left her unconscious and in intensive care at UCLA. Molly’s mother, Kaye Steinsapir, wrote about her daughter’s two-week battle on Twitter and her story went viral, attracting support from celebrities and ordinary people alike.
When it comes to describing their daughter, Jon and Kaye Steinsapir’s words are a mixture of superlatives: courageous, determined, bravery. They tell of her adoration for her younger brother, Nate; of how, as a third grader, she did a school report on a great American and instead of choosing the obvious Washington, Lincoln or Jefferson, she chose Deborah Sampson, the first female soldier to fight in the revolution who was denied her pension because of her gender. It spoke to everything she was about: a woman doing the right thing, fighting injustice.
The Steinsapirs are Los Angeles lawyers, Jon a music attorney who represented the estate of Michael Jackson and Kaye a practicing employment lawyer. They have the clout to turn their grief and their grievances against Rad Power Bikes into a high-powered legal tsunami. But they also know that, in a way, their daughter’s story is about something more: the power of love and compassion.