Eagle boy killed after two children ejected in Nebraska wreck

September 19, 2013 

— An 8-year-old Eagle boy died at a Nebraska hospital Tuesday after he was ejected from his mother’s vehicle in a crash.

Eagle resident Tabitha Tesch was driving west on Interstate 80 west of Kearney at 12:45 p.m. when she was momentarily distracted, according to Nebraska State Patrol. Her SUV veered to the right before Tesch overcorrected and rolled the Nissan Pathfinder several times in the median.

Eight-year-old T.J. Tesch and 9-year-old Dillon Hinkley, who were sitting in the third row of the SUV, were both ejected. T.J. died of his injuries at a Kearney hospital later that day.

A dispatcher with the Grand Island troop of the Nebraska State Patrol told the Statesman that Hinkley suffered only abrasions and already has been released from the hospital.

Tesch’s other children, Timothy Tesch, 13, and Annabelle Tesch, 12, along with Ariana Hinkley, 12, were not ejected. All three were treated for “bumps and bruises” and released, the dispatcher said.

Tabitha Tesch suffered broken bones in the crash, but is out of the hospital as well, the dispatcher said. Police say she was wearing a seatbelt. It is unknown if any of the five children were restrained.

No one was cited in the crash, and no other vehicles were involved, according to police.

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