BLAIR – Tragedy struck in Blair this morning when an 11 year old boy was hit by a semi-truck while on his way to school.
Otte Blair Middle School had a late start this morning and Jaycoby Estrada, 11, of Blair was riding his bicycle northbound, crossing the street at 19th and Washington this morning around 8AM when his path intersected with that of a southbound semi who was attempting to turn east. The two collided, reportedly killing Estrada instantly. The semi immediately pulled off the road and into an adjacent parking lot as police were called and dispatched.
Blair Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol responded to the scene of the accident. Blair Fire & Rescue was also present. Estrada was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was a sixth grader at Otte Blair Middle School. Crisis counselors will be available at the school until 6PM Friday and 10AM to 12PM on Saturday, August 24th, to help students and staff process the tragic death.
The name of the semi driver in the incident has not been released. The incident is under investigation.