Community remembers teen killed in motorcycle crash
The motorcycle community is grieving the loss of another biker who was fatally killed in a collision in south Lincoln Wednesday night.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Wednesday night’s fatal motorcycle crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Simon Blair.
“Life’s definitely not going to be the same for me and many other people,” said Eli Renner, a long-time friend, and current roommate of Blair.
“As soon as we got here, I recognized the bike and I knew it was Simon,” Renner said. “It’s just not going to be the same anymore. [He was] someone that I literally saw every single day that always was checking up on me.”
According to Lincoln Police, who have not officially released Blair’s name, the motorcycle was heading north on 27th street, approaching Tierra Drive. They told Channel 8 that the motorcycle collided with the rear of an SUV that was southbound on 27th and turning onto Tierra Drive.
The driver of the SUV, who was not injured, is an 18-year-old, police said Wednesday morning. Blair was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.
“Simon was the goofiest person I think I’ve ever met, he had a voice that no one else will ever have,” said Eric Dissmeyer, who considers Blair to be a younger brother.
After learning about Blair’s death, Dissmeyer could be found sitting near the crash site of 22-year-old Blaine Henderson. Henderson was killed in a similar motorcycle accident on 9th and High streets on March 4, 2020. He was 21-years-old at the time of the crash.
“When I had my bike back then I used to ride with him on and off,” Dissmeyer said. “But I just needed someone to talk to.”
The Lincoln motorcycle community is no stranger to these deadly crashes. In fact, in the last year, Dissmeyer and Renner have lost five friends to them.
“We’re sick and tired of seeing this happen because it’s our good friends, and whether it was their fault or not it’s just really hard to believe that this keeps happening,” Renner said.
Throughout the day Thursday, friends could be seen visiting the site where Blair crashed, leaving flowers, picking up pieces of his bike that were left behind, and sharing memories.
“Everywhere he was, he could make anybody smile, just by walking in the room,” said friend Faith Ford.
Ford and several friends spent the morning reminiscing on Blair’s outgoing and goofy personality.
“It’s unbelievable that he’s gone, it really hurts. But, the times he’s told us it’s like, we can’t cry. He doesn’t want us to,” said another friend, Reagan Boruch. “He wants us to be happy and smile so that’s definitely what we’re going to do.”
“I got into riding because of my buddies who have been killed in these accidents and I ride to honor them,” he said.