Boy dies after getting locked in trunk
By Shandi Brinkman, Staff Reporter
July 13, 2006

A 9-year-old student in the Raymore-Peculiar District died Friday of heat-related injuries he sustained last weekend when he accidentally locked himself in the trunk of his mother's car.

Jesse Snyder was in the second grade this past year at Stonegate Elementary School.

The incident happened in Kansas City. According to police reports, Snyder had gone outside where his mother believed he was playing in the backyard. When she went to look for him and was unable to locate him, she and her two older children began searching the house for him. According to authorities, when she was unable to locate the boy, his mother began driving to the park. While driving she heard a noise in the trunk. She pulled over to look and found the boy there.

When police arrived the boy was unresponsive, according to reports.

He was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center and later to Children's Mercy Hospital where he died on Friday.

Memorial services were held Tuesday in Kansas city.

His parents are Jeffrey and Stephanie Snyder.

Friends have established a fund to assist the family at Allen Bank and Trust at 202 E. North Ave., Belton