On July 3, a 13-year-old boy in Purcell, Oklahoma set off on foot to buy fireworks. He would not make it home alive.
At approximately 9:00 p.m., a pickup truck pulling a trailer drove by, its trailer striking the boy and knocking him to the ground. The driver did notstop.
The boy's father, coming to pick him up from the fireworks stand, found him unresponsive on the pavement. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declaredbrain dead. The 13-year-old died of his injuries less than 48 hours later.
After the accident, the teens sister asked, "Why didn't they stop to see what happened?"
Police began searching for the suspected hit and run driver and announced that they were looking for
a pewter 2004-2007 Chevrolet 3/4 ton four-door pickup truck with a chrome or silver toolbox in the bed. It had last been seen pulling a blackgooseneck flatbed trailer that was loaded with a green John Deere tractor with a front bucket attached.
Now, nearly three weeks after the accident, police have identified the person they say was driving the vehicle that fateful night. Surprisingly, though,they say no charges will be filed in the case.
According to reports, the 70-year-old driver of the pickup had no idea that his trailer had struck anyone that night. He continued on without stoppingnot because he was fleeing, but because he did not even realize that his trailer hit anything, much less a person.
Police say the Cleveland County driver was "surprised" to find out what happened.
Under Oklahoma law, anyone involved in an accident involving property damage or personal injury must remain at the scene, rendering aid if necessary.
The penalties for hit and run vary depending on whether the accident involved personal injury or property damage only. The penalties for hit and runfatalities are greater than for hit and run injury accidents:
In this case, however, police have determined that the driver's surprise at learning he was involved in a fatality accident was genuine. He couldnot have stopped at the scene of the accident, because he did know realize that there had been an accident.