How you can help the family of a 10-year-old Kansas boy who died in crash
MANKATO, Kan. (KAKE) - A community in north-central Kansas is stepping up to help the family of a 10-year-old boy who lost his life when a school district SUV crashed last week.
The accident involving a Rock Hills USD 107 SUV happened Friday morning. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the Chevy Suburban was about eight miles north of Randall when it entered a ditch, went back across the roadway and rolled.
Triptyn Reynolds, of Courtland, died in the crash, his mother said. The driver and five other students in the SUV were hospitalized, but Trooper Ben Gardner said they were OK.
Triptyn's mom said the fifth grader's three siblings were among the other students in the vehicle.
"Trippy was known for his infectious smile, endless energy, loving hugs, and his gift for never knowing a stranger," the boy's obituary says. "Trippy spent all his time outside on the trampoline, fighting bad guys with whatever weapon he could dream up, or playing Roblox with Cole."
If you would like to help the family, you can make a donation to the "Triptyn R. Reynolds Memorial Fund" at any Central National Bank branch. See locations here.
Bank management said you can also send a check payable to the Triptyn R. Reynolds Memorial Fund to the following address:
Central National Bank
208 E South St
Mankato, KS 66956
Triptyn's funeral service is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at Rock Hills Junior-Senior High School in Mankato.
"He will forever be loved, and missed tremendously, by his many friends and family."
An elementary school student was killed and several others were hurt Friday morning when a district SUV overturned in northern Kansas.
The accident happened at around 7:30 a.m. on Randall Road east of Mankato. Kansas Highway Patrol said a northbound Rock Hills USD 107 SUV had rolled. It was driven by a 43-year-old woman.
The suburban was headed north on 250th Rd. It entered a ditch on the east side briefly, got back on the road, and then overturned. It ultimately came to rest in a ditch on the west side of the road on its top.
One of the passengers, a fifth-grade student, died in the crash. The student's name has not been released, but Trooper Gardner said the victim's family had been notified.
The driver and four other students were hospitalized with minor injuries but are expected to be OK.
The patrol's Critical Highway Accident Response team was on scene investigating. Additional information was not provided.