NEWS Obit highlights life of KS boy killed in school SUV crash




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A 10-year-old Kansas boy who died after being involved in an accident with a school district SUV enjoyed playing on a trampoline outdoors and pretending to fight bad guys with homemade weapons, his obituary said.

Triptyn Ray Reynolds died Jan. 13 when his Chevrolet Suburban overturned on a Jewel County country road.

The single-vehicle accident involved five students and a driver. The deceased was the youngest of four siblings in the SUV, according to Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Ben Gardner. All others involved in the accident were taken to hospital as a precaution, he said.

A KHP trooper wrote in the incident log that the driver was traveling north on a country road when she entered the ditch, swerved back onto the road before “yawing and overturning”. The soldier wrote that the SUV was parked in a west ditch facing southwest.

Triptyn’s obituary tells more about the deceased child.

Triptyn was also known as “Trippy” to his fifth-grade class at Rock Hills Elementary because he “spent most of his time on the floor,” going from “having nothing to do to just rolling around on the floor,” His obituary said.

He was good at math, but recess and gym were his favorite times at school, the obituary said.

“Trippi was known for his infectious smile, endless energy, loving hugs and his gift of never knowing a stranger,” the obituary said. “Trippy spends all his time on the trampoline fighting bad guys with any weapon he can think of.”

He also enjoys playing the online game Roblox “with Cole” and recently bought a virtual reality headset, which gives him “a new source to release some of his energy,” his obituary said.

The “Triptyn R. Memorial Fund” has been established at Central National Bank, 208 South East Avenue, Mankato, KS 66956. Donations can be mailed to the bank or dropped off at any bank branch in the state. A list of locations can be found on under the Locations section.

Triptyn is survived by his parents Dustin and Alisha. brothers Tristan and Tretton; sister Tyra; grandparents Dan and Mary Reynolds, John and Sheryl Shuler, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation and funeral are planned for later this week.

Eduardo covers crime and breaking news for The Wichita Eagle. His previous work experience includes KWCH 12 Eyewitness News, the local CBS affiliate in Wichita, and marketing manager for the local real estate team. Besides writing, Eduardo enjoys still photography and film photography. News tip? Email or call 316-268-6213.

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