Riley Brinnen, Owyn McInnis : “Kelowna Volleyball Player Riley Brinnen Injured in Kamloops Crash, Fundraiser Started”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Riley Brinnen

Young Man Identified as Riley Brinnen Injured in Kamloops Crash

A devastating crash near Thompson River University on November 29 has left one young man, Riley Brinnen, from Kelowna, injured. Brinnen, a dedicated member of the TRU men’s volleyball team, was among seven people rushed to the hospital following the horrific accident. The collision was so severe that it forced the closure of the intersection of University Drive and McGill Road in Kamloops for several hours.

Riley Brinnen was immediately airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital for urgent medical attention. After undergoing surgery on November 30, he was placed in the spinal intensive care unit. The seriousness of his injuries has deeply affected his friends, family, and the community.

In response to this tragic event, a GoFundMe campaign has been initiated to assist in Riley’s recovery. The fundraiser’s organizer, Courtney Hannigan, affectionately describes Brinnen as an “absolute sweetheart of a man.” Hannigan highlights that Riley’s passion for volleyball began in high school and eventually led him to secure a spot on the esteemed TRU team after graduating from Kelowna Secondary School in 2020. Currently in his fourth year of university, Brinnen is diligently working towards a psychology degree.

Although Riley Brinnen is on the road to recovery, he is expected to remain in Vancouver for several months to receive ongoing care and rehabilitation. In light of this, the fundraiser aims to raise $65,000 to support Brinnen’s medical expenses, travel costs for his family, and other necessary resources during his healing process.

Tragically, one of Brinnen’s teammates, Owyn McInnis, lost his life in the same crash. Additionally, another member of the TRU men’s volleyball team sustained injuries, further emphasizing the profound impact of this accident on the close-knit athletic community.

Continued Support Needed

As news of the Kamloops crash spreads, the community is rallying together to provide support and assistance to Riley Brinnen and his loved ones during this challenging time. The outpouring of donations and well-wishes demonstrates the collective determination to aid Brinnen’s recovery and help him rebuild his life.

For further details and updates on Riley Brinnen’s progress, please refer to the official GoFundMe page.

Remembering Owyn McInnis

As the healing process begins for Riley Brinnen, the tragic loss of Owyn McInnis, another member of the TRU men’s volleyball team, weighs heavily on their hearts. Friends, family, and the community are mourning the untimely passing of this talented athlete. The memory of Owyn McInnis will forever be cherished, and his spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him.

For more information about the Kamloops car crash and the identification of the university athlete, please visit Kelowna Capital News.

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