WICHITA, Kan. – In a catastrophic incident early Monday morning, the famous physical therapist, Jason Sutcliffe, aged 44 and hailing from Valley Center, lost his life in a tragic car accident on Interstate 135 in north Wichita. The crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. as Sutcliffe’s 2020 Jeep Wrangler veered off the road, striking a KDOT construction sign and a guardrail before overturning and coming to rest on its right side.
Regrettably, Sutcliffe, the sole occupant of the vehicle, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Shockingly, he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, as revealed by the Kansas Highway Patrol’s online crash log.
The exact cause leading to the vehicle’s departure from the roadway remains unclear, prompting further investigation by authorities.
The Kansas Highway Patrol confirmed the tragic incident, indicating that the crash transpired near the city’s north junction. The vehicle was heading northbound on I-135 in the left lane before the unfortunate events unfolded. The fatal collision left the community in mourning as the news of Jason Sutcliffe’s death spread, leaving family and friends devastated.
Jason Sutcliffe, a well-regarded physiotherapist based in Newton, had gained immense respect from clients for his exceptional skills and expertise. Originally from Eldorado Springs, MO, Sutcliffe spent most of his life in Kansas. His journey to becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) was marked by dedication and passion. He initially worked as a PT tech while pursuing higher education, later transitioning to a PTA role. He held certifications in Rock blades and Rock tape, showcasing his commitment to excellence in his field.
Empower Physical Therapy paid tribute by sharing,
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Jason Sutcliffe, who passed away from a car accident on September 17, 2023. We will miss Jason more than words can express.We will be accepting donations for his family to help with funeral expenses. You may drop off any contributions to any of our Empower Physical Therapy locations.Please send prayers and thoughts to his friends and family members.
Jason Sutcliffe (Source: Facebook/Empower Physical Therapy)
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Sutcliffe was known for his love for martial arts and adventure. He was also a loving father, cherishing quality time with his children. His career took a significant turn when he assumed the role of VP of Operations/PTA at Empower Physical Therapy, a position he held with dedication since October 20, 2019.
Following this tragic loss, a GoFundMe account has been set up by Jennifer Sutcliffe of Gypsum, Kansas, aiming to raise $5,000 to support Jason Sutcliffe’s family with funeral and memorial expenses. The community has already contributed $4,417 to help the grieving family during this difficult time.
Jennifer Sutcliffe wrote,
We lost the best person today. Everyone loved Jason. He was a true friend, father and brother; willing to help anyone in need. If anyone wants or is able to assist with his funeral expenses it would be appreciated. If not, even just leaving a good memory with him. We will have more details in the days to come for services. We love you Jason. 💔 feel free to share. Thanks.
The community mourns the loss of a remarkable individual, Jason Sutcliffe, whose legacy will forever remain in the hearts of those he touched through his work and kindness.