Area hit and runs kill teen, hurt boy


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

A Live Oak teenager was killed in Suwannee County and a 5-year-old Waldo boy was seriously injured in separate hit-and-run accidents less than 24 hours apart, the Florida Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Sixteen-year-old David Jeffrey Nelson, a sophomore at Suwannee High School, was fatally struck by what troopers believe was a semi tractor-trailer at 3:35 a.m. Saturday while he was walking north on County Road 137, two miles south of Welborn, troopers said. Nelson's body was found by a motorist.

The severity of Nelson's injuries indicate that it was likely a semi tractor-trailer that hit him, the FHP reported.

It was not immediately known why Nelson was walking on the county road at that hour or where he was going, said Lt. Mike Burroughs, spokesman for the FHP.

Dawn Lamb, principal of Suwannee High, said that Nelson had just re-enrolled at the school this semester and had attended one semester last year. Lamb said that the school did not have a picture of Nelson since he had missed the fall semester when pictures are usually taken.

Nelson's family could not be reached for comment by late Saturday.

Burroughs said that troopers have few leads in the hit-and-run death investigation, but are asking anyone with information to call the Lake City FHP office at (386) 0518.

On Friday, 5-year-old Samuel James of Waldo was hit by what witnessed said was a 1998 4-door Mercury sedan while riding his bicycle out of a driveway on NE 141st Lane, just north of NE 151st Lane. The boy was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, where he is listed in serious condition.

The driver of the Mercury has not yet been identified, Burroughs said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run in Waldo is asked to call the Gainesville FHP office at (352) 955-3180.

Deborah Ball can be reached at (352) 338-3109 or balld@gvillesun.com

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