Sportscaster Frank Boal’s 27-year-old son, Brett, has died following a car accident in Albuquerque, N.M., KSHB-TV announced Tuesday afternoon.
KOAT, Channel 7, in Albuquerque had reported that Brett Boal was critically injured in the single-vehicle crash about 2 a.m. Jan. 18. Police said Boal lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete barrier. The accident shut down Interstate 25 there for about two hours.
Brett Boal suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of the wreck. He died Sunday.
KSHB said the young man worked in the hotel management industry and was living in Albuquerque.
The Boal family issued this statement:
“Kansas City, you are wonderful. You have no idea how much all the love and support has meant to our family with the passing of our son Brett. Brett loved life, his family, his friends and his hometown. Even the people here in Albuquerque came under the spell of his infectious smile and personality, and that has also given us great comfort. Keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers — we’ll need them moving forward.”
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Brett’s name to the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City (biaks.org
Frank Boal has been a fixture on Kansas City television for more than three decades. He spent 28 years as sports director at WDAF, Fox 4, stepping down in 2009.
He joined Channel 41 as a sports anchor in September 2010 and works primarily Friday through Sunday. Boal can also be heard on Sports Radio 810, WHB.