10-year-old girl, ‘full of life,’ dies in ATV crash in Fairfield

Reagan Vanoss, 10, of Fairfield, was killed Tuesday night in an ATV accident. PHOTO PROVIDED BY FAMILY
Reagan Vanoss, 10, of Fairfield, was killed Tuesday night in an ATV accident. PHOTO PROVIDED BY FAMILY

A 10-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered in an ATV accident on Tuesday, according to Fairfield police.

The girl has been identified as Reagan Vanoss, a fifth-grader at Fairfield West Elementary School, according to a family spokesman.

Mitch Rhodus said Reagan and her father were on the same ATV dragging an infield of a diamond at Mitch and Lois Rhodus Field of Dreams. Brad Vanoss and his daughter had completed the work and were driving back to store the ATV in a garage, Rhodus said.

Police are uncertain why the vehicle flipped, they said.

Emergency personnel attempted life-saving measures, however, the injuries were too severe and she died Tuesday night at Mercy Hospital, police said. She died from head trauma and her death was ruled an accident, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Brad Vanoss suffered injures that were not life-threatening and is being treated at an area hospital, according to police.

Rhodus said Brad and Angela Vanoss have three daughters and one son and he described them as “the American family” because of their deep involvement in the Fairfield community.

Rhodus described Reagan as “young and so full of life. Someone who loved everyone she came in contact with.”

Christi Toulouse, who served as Fairfield West librarian until she took a position at the high school, said she and Reagan “had a special bond” and she served as her “school mom.”

She was “in shock, in disbelief and heart-broken” when she heard about the accident.

The community has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family offset some upcoming expenses. Rhodus said $18,000 was donated in the first 10 hours. To donate, click here.