OPD confirms death of 11-year-old bicyclist

Bridge Street between West and East First streets was closed Wednesday evening after an 11-year-old boy was struck by a truck. The boy would eventually succumb to his injuries.

OSWEGO — An 11-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle at an intersection in the city of Oswego, police announced Thursday morning.

Oswego City Police Department officers responded Wednesday evening to reports of an accident at East First and East Bridge streets. The Bridge Street portion spanning the Oswego River was closed for several hours with heavy police presence.

Jack Bobbett, 11, of Oswego, was transported to Oswego Hospital but did not respond to attempted lifesaving efforts, police said. Bobbett was a student at local Kingsford Park Elementary School.

According to police, “all parties involved” including multiple witnesses, “remained on scene and cooperated with police” after the 7:53 p.m. call came in Wednesday night.

After an investigation, police said they determined George Knopp, 72, of Oswego, was proceeding through the intersection under a green traffic light when Bobbett “entered the roadway” and was struck by Knopp, who was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.

“This is still an ongoing investigation,” police said in a statement. “There is not believed to be any intoxication involved. There have been no tickets issued at this time.”

In a message to parents, Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey described Jack Bobbett as a "beautiful young man" and extended "heartfelt condolences" to the family.

Counseling services will be available today, Thursday, July 25, at Kingsford Park and Fitzhugh Park Elementary School from noon to 4 p.m. and tomorrow, Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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