UNDERWOOD — A Lauderdale County teenager died Monday night at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital from injures he sustained in a hit-and-run accident.
Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High confirmed the boy, a 13-year-old, died at the hospital. High would not release the name of the victim pending notification of relatives.
Meanwhile, a man suspected of being the driver of the vehicle that hit the boy was taken into custody by authorities just after 9 p.m. Monday after Florence police found a truck believed to have been involved in the accident on Industry Street in east Florence.
The name of the driver of the truck has not been released because the accident remains under investigation by state troopers at the Quad-Cities post. No charges have been filed at this time.
Officials said the accident occurredjust after 7:30 p.m. on Lauderdale 451, which is also known as Hendrix Road, in the Underwood community just north of Florence.
Emergency crews at the scene said the accident was just west of Alabama 157.
Authorities said it appeared the boy was in the yard of a residence on Lauderdale 451 when he was hit by the truck, that was traveling east.
Emergency personnel from Lauderdale EMS and Underwood-Petersville Volunteer Fire Department were sent to the scene, and Air Evac was requested and landed at the Underwood-Petersville Fire Department.
Emergency officials at the scene said the boy was taken to the landing zone but it was decided to take him on to ECM.
Authorities said the boy died at the hospital a short time later.
Law enforcement officials said the truck that struck the boy left the scene of the accident, triggering a search by local authorities before the older model Chevrolet truck was located by Florence officers. Police said the truck had damage to the front.
Monday night’s accident is the 38 traffic fatality in Northwest Alabama and the southern Tennessee counties of Wayne and Lawrence this year. It is the second traffic fatality in the region in October.
The accident remains under by the state troopers’ traffic homicide division.