South Bay Teen Killed After Falling From Big Rig ID'd

15-year-old either jumped or fell from tractor trailer

The 15-year-old boy who was killed Friday in Cupertino after apparently climbing onto a tow bar connecting two gravel trailers being hauled by a tractor-trailer has been identified as Javier Loyola Leon of Sunnyvale.

The California Highway Patrol is still searching for the driver of the truck that ran over  the boy on Friday afternoon. CHP spokeswoman Brandie Dressel said the driver may have been unaware he had jumped onto his vehicle.

Javier was walking on the east side of Wolfe Road around 12:30 p.m. when he came across the tractor-trailer stopped at a red light, witnesses told the CHP. For some reason, he climbed onto the tow bar connecting two trailers full of gravel.

When the light turned green, the truck accelerated onto the southbound onramp for Interstate Highway 280 and the boy either jumped or fell from the tow bar. The truck ran him over, killing him instantly according to the CHP. Javier's body stayed on the on ramp for hours as authorities tried to figure out what happened.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information on the tractor-trailer and its driver should contact the CHP at 408-467-5354, ext. 271.

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