Marshall News Messenger

MARSHALL — A 17-year-old Marshall High School senior was killed early Wednesday in a wreck after his pickup hit a wild hog, according to Marshall ISD officials.

“Marshall ISD and the Maverick family are devastated this morning with the loss of Marshall High School senior Hayden Blalock, who was killed this morning in an automobile accident,” the district posted on its Facebook page early Wednesday.

At about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Blalock was headed west on FM 1997, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, when his truck hit a wild hog on the road.

DPS spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark said a preliminary crash report showed his pickup then left the road, hit a culvert and rolled several times.

The report showed Blalock was not restrained and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Blalock is the son of Craig and Danielle Blalock and sibling of Payton and Emily Blalock, according to the post. Hayden Blalock was a member of the Marshall Mavericks defensive line and a member of Marshall FFA.

“Please join us as a community as we wrap our arms around Hayden’s family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time,” the post said.

Grief counselors and members of the Marshall Ministerial Alliance were on campus Wednesday at Marshall High School to meet with students and staff in the library. Counselors also were made available at the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program and Marshall Early Graduation School campuses.

“Hayden was a high-energy kid that would do anything you asked him to do to the best of his ability,” Marshall High School head football coach Jake Griedl said Wednesday. “He brought an energy to the locker room that will be tough to replace. He will be greatly missed.”