Bozeman family remembers young girl after accident


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Family and friends are remembering a beloved Bozeman girl, 10-year-old Naya Reed, who died after a tragic accident.

"She was the sort of person who would get to know somebody and give them a personal gift, just something from her heart," said Reed's uncle Micah Eckenfels.

The girl passed away this week following an accident Sunday. Bozeman Police said a family member driving a truck and trailer pulled out of the driveway of her home, and didn't know the girl was in between the back of the truck and trailer.

She was airlifted to the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City late Sunday evening, in serious condition, where she died the next day. Her family is left mourning the loss of their bright little girl.

Eckenfels told us, "Naya was a wonderful, big-hearted little girl. She was generous and kind, and she was always one to put a smile on everyone's face."

The family shared a video of Naya dancing and singing as she played a video game. They described a fun and energetic 10-year-old girl, loved by everyone around her.

Eckenfels said Naya enjoyed reading books and going to school.

"The kind of person that would get along with all the other kids," explained Eckenfels. "She touched the teachers' hearts."

Naya also loved the outdoors -- from climbing and hiking, to fishing and snowboarding. "Doing all the things that any little Bozeman girl wants to do," Eckenfels said.

Eckenfels told us the family is finding strength by coming together in their faith. "She has a very large family here in town and really family all over who care about her and loves her."

There has been a huge outpouring of support from the community, he said, "Messages from all over the country and some from even out of the country."

Naya's smile lives on in everyone whose heart was touched by the young girl.

Anyone who would like to help the family can make a donation to a memorial fund set up at Big Sky Western Bank. It's called "For the Benefit of Naya Sage Reed" memorial fund, and will go toward covering costs related to the tragedy.

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