From Staff reports
A local teenager died Thursday morning after a crash on West Choctaw Street.
Tahlequah police did not release the boy’s name, but multiple sources confirmed Trinton Herron, a former Sequoyah Schools student-athlete, lost his life in the crash. Trinton was set to begin his junior year at Tahlequah High School later this summer, school officials said.
Police said Trinton and the driver of a second vehicle involved in the collision were both taken to a local hospital.
Officials at Sequoyah Schools said Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health will have two counselors available to meet with faculty, staff and students at Sequoyah High School on Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 3-5 p.m.
Tahlequah police said the cause of the crash – which occurred near the 800 block of West Choctaw around 10 a.m. – had not been formally determined as of Thursday afternoon.
During his sophomore season, Trinton played both football and basketball at Sequoyah. He made the game-winning free throw against Beggs in the Class 3A regional semifinals in late February. The Indians eventually made it to the state tournament before losing in the semifinals to Okemah – in a game in which Trinton scored three points.
On Thursday afternoon, Trinton’s friends and former teammates took to social media to offer sympathies on his Twitter page.
“R.I.P. [Trinton] you will be incredibly missed,” Amanda Meeker said.
Trinton’s former football teammate at Sequoyah, Brayden Scott, said: “I can’t believe this ..... Cherish the time you have on the world because you never know when it might be you last .... #RIPTrinton.”