Special to the Grove Sun
A fourth grade student at Wyandotte Elementary died Thursday from injuries sustained during a playground accident.
Alyssa Avila, 9, was transported to Integris Baptist Regional Health Center shortly after 2 p.m. and passed away about two hours later.
According to Troy Gray, superintendent of schools, Avila was playing with several other children during the afternoon recess when she fell off a piece of playground equipment.
“We are saddened at the loss of one of our own,” said Gray. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends.”
Chief Ken Murphy with the Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police
said the X-Wave, the piece of equipment involved, was a new item on the playground this year and had only been in use two days.
“Preliminary information indicates that (Avila) fell from the equipment and sustained a head injury as she was attempting to get back on,” said Murphy. “Although preliminary information indications are that this was a tragic accident, an investigation must be conducted to ensure the safety of our children.”
Murphy said the Wyandotte Nation’s investigation is concurrent with the investigation being conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
The manufacturer of the X-Wave, Xccent Inc., of Minnesota, has been contacted according to Murphy.
“They are sending a representative of the company here at some point,” said Murphy.
The X-Wave is in used in hundreds of schools across the nation and there are no reports of similar incidents, according to authorities.
“The piece of playground equipment has been secured and will not be in use,” said Gray.
Murphy said he commends the school staff, particularly Principal Lyons, Wyandotte First Responder Joe Francisco, and the medical personnel for their “heroic actions following this tragedy.”
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends, classmates, teachers and first responders as they attempt to deal with this terrible tragedy.