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HEBRON ESTATES - On Friday evening, Robert Dale Reynolds was at the North Bullitt football game watching his alma mater compete against Doss in the season opener.
Less than 12 hours later, he lost his life in a single-vehicle accident on Indiana 62 in Charlestown.
Better known as R.D., Reynolds was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at University Hospital from injuries suffered earlier that day.
Two friends remain in serious condition.
Cory B. Flint, 26, of Madison, Ind., and Brent Hamilton, 18, of Shepherdsville, were also taken to University Hospital.
According to police, Reynolds’ 2004 Ford Mustang hit a guardrail and struck a concrete culvert at around 6 a.m. Two of the men were ejected from the vehicle. The case is still under investigation.
Reynolds graduated in May 2008 from North Bullitt High School. He was a gifted athlete who starred in football and track at North Bullitt.
He signed to attend Pikeville College on an athletic scholarship but elected to stay closer to home and continue his studies at Jefferson Technical and Community College.
While at North Bullitt, Reynolds played defensive back and also spent a lot of time on the offensive side of the ball as quarterback and receiver.
During his junior year, Reynolds suffered a knee injury and the sudden death of his father, Robert. Injuries also slowed Reynolds during his senior year.
In track, he finished second in the state during his senior year in the long jump and the 200-meter dash despite suffering a leg injury. He also participated on a relay team that finished fifth in the state.
“He could do a lot of things you couldn’t coach,” said head football coach Brett Newton. “He was one of the most gifted athletes I’ve had, especially on offense.”
As quarterback, Newton said Reynolds had the ability to run the option and make defenders look bad with his speed and agility. On defense, he was a smart player who could cover a lot of ground.
“He had the ability to play at the next level,” said Newton.
Newton had a chance to talk with Reynolds prior to last Friday’s game and he was pleased that Reynolds had been helping to coach in the Maryville youth program.
It’s been tough for the team as they prepare for Friday night’s game against South Oldham. Many of the current players were very close to Reynolds and many of the students will attend Wednesday’s funeral.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home in Shepherdsville.