Boy killed, another injured in Tahlequah hit-and-run; juvenile driver turns self in

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - A juvenile turned herself in to police after a boy was killed and another injured in a hit-and-run in Tahlequah over the weekend, authorities said.

The vehicle involved in the accident is being processed for evidence, Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said.

Police responded around 4 a.m. Sunday after two boys were found near Highway 51 and West 4th Street.

Fifteen-year-old James Clay said he and his friend were walking home from Walmart when they were hit.

"He got a video game and I got some chips and a drink and we was walking back to his house. We was just taking breaks, and on one of the breaks a maroon car just came up and hit us," Clay said.

Clay suffered a dislocated elbow.

The other boy, whose name has not yet been released by Tahlequah police, died from his injuries approximately one hour after the accident. Clay said the boy was transported to the hospital.

"It hit me first in the arm, and then it, it hit him twice," Clay said.

King, who called the accident a tragedy, also said the circumstances surrounding the death were peculiar.

"Given the time of day and the location, you know this strip of highway is not a normal place for pedestrian traffic. And the time of day was not a normal time to run into pedestrian traffic," he said.

King said police will hand their investigation over to the district attorney's office once it's complete. He said it will be up to the district attorney to determine if any charges will be filed.

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