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Update: Ottawa University football player dead; another person jailed in Flint Hills Trail accident

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 11, 2015

OTTAWA — An Ottawa University student is dead following a bizarre one-vehicle accident early this morning on the Flint Hills Trail about near I-35 about two miles southeast of the trail entrance at Seventh Street.  In an e-mail sent to students and a later public announcement, Ottawa University president Kevin Eichner identified the student as Samuel Brazeal, a sophomore from Perrin, Texas, majoring in education. He was a starting offensive lineman on OU’s varsity football team.  “This is a very sad day for Ottawa University as we grieve the loss of one of our very special students,” Eichner said.  “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sam’s family, his friends, the members of our campus community, and all of Sam’s teammates on the OU football team during this difficult time.”  Brazeal earned three letters in football and four in basketball at Community Christian School, in Mineral Wells, Texas.  He participated in the Don Hardin Bowl, an all-star 6-man football game and was a three-time All-TCAF (Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship) selection and earned All-State honors in 2012.  “Sam was a key member of our team who worked hard every day to improve,” said head football coach Kent Kessinger. “He earned his spot on the starting line this season. He was a leader on and off the field and will be missed by all who knew and played alongside him. Sam was definitely a friend to all and cared about all his teammates. He was a fantastic young man.”  Eichner said a service in Fredrikson Chapel is planned this afternoon with a community memorial service to be held at a later date.  Counselors will be in the Zook Conference Room of the Gangwish Library and Student Center, he said.  The accident occurred when a full-size pickup going down the trail went off a pedestrian bridge and fell into a dry creek bed about 20 feet below, according to Franklin County Sheriff’s Lt. Curtis Hall said.  Motorized vehicles are banned on the pedestrian, bicycle and horse trail.  When emergency personnel and deputies were summoned to the site shortly after 5 a.m., they found one person dead, Hall said.  One other person was taken into custody following the accident, he said.  The accident may have occurred some time before it was reported, he said.  Deputies and state troopers were continuing to investigate the scene late this morning.

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Audio

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 a.m.; update 11 a.m.; update 2:30 p.m.

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