Update: Miss Nebraska USA's Father Killed In Farming Accident

By: Keller Russell Email
By: Keller Russell Email

The father of Belinda Wright, Miss Nebraska USA , has been killed in a farm accident about a week before her competition in the national pageant.

Greeley County Sheriff David Weeks said Harry Wright, 55, was killed when his John Deere skid steer ran into and pinned him.

Weeks said Wright was fixing fences on his property in Scotia -- a small town about an hour north of Grand Island -- when the accident happened around 8:30 Friday night.

Weeks said Wright's wife Crystal had also been in the field but returned home earlier. When her husband didn't follow suit, as he said he would, Crystal went back to the field where she found her husband.

According to Weeks, Wright died on the scene.

Belinda had been in Las Vegas, preparing for the upcoming Miss USA pageant on May 16. She returned to Scotia Saturday afternoon.

Belinda said her dad loved farming, being outside with his animals and listening to oldies music; The Temptations and Jackson 5 were among his favorites. Within five minutes of conversation with him, Belinda said you'd know his heart was "made of gold".

The 21-year-old has decided she will return to Vegas to compete in the Miss USA competition.

"I'm dedicating the entire event to my father. He was so proud and so excited to go watch," Belinda wrote via email.

Funeral services are pending.


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