Sledding Death Of 10-Year-Old On Wind River Reservation Ruled Accidental

A report released Wednesday confirms that the incident that killed a 10-year-old boy while sledding on the Wind River Indian Reservation on Nov. 26 was accidental.

Clair McFarland

January 04, 20231 min read

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The manner of death was accidental for a 10-year-old who died in November in what local police traffic identified as a sledding incident on the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to a death docket released Wednesday.  

Travis Blackburn Jr. died Nov. 26, 2022, of blunt force trauma to the chest, the docket states. The impact stems from a “vehicle mishap.”  

Blackburn’s time of death was 9:21 p.m., and the child was not intoxicated.  

The FBI in November was investigating the case but not eager to release details since it was still under investigation at the time.  

The agency, which investigates incidents on the Wind River Indian Reservation, did not immediately respond Wednesday to a Cowboy State Daily request for more information.

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Clair McFarland

Crime and Courts Reporter