Circle High student dies of injuries from ATV accident

Hevin Thomas would have loved to see all the purple at Circle High School this week.

“She loved the color purple,” Superintendent Jim Johnson said Tuesday.

Hevin, 16, who was a junior at the high school, died Monday evening at Wichita’s Wesley Medical Center from injuries after falling off an ATV over the weekend, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said.

Because of the critical nature of her injuries, students began wearing all things purple – scarves, socks, shirts – to school Monday.

“They knew the inevitable,” Johnson said. “It was a show of solidarity for her. It was a neat thing to see.”

Hevin was active in vocal music and on the dance team. Students have talked about wearing purple ribbons at Wednesday night’s previously scheduled music concert, Johnson said.

“She was one of those nice kids and was well liked,” he added.

Hevin, of Towanda, was one of four 16-year-olds riding on an ATV shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday about a quarter-mile west of Fulton and Southwest 60th streets in Butler County.

Hevin and another girl were riding on the rear fenders and two boys were in the front when Hevin fell off as the ATV was headed eastbound on 60th, a gravel road, Herzet said. The vehicle was traveling about 30 mph at the time, he said.

None of the teens was wearing a helmet, Herzet added.