Jeffrey Hampton

Jeffrey Hampton (photo courtesy: Smith County Jail)

TYLER, Texas — A 14-year-old boy has died in a hit-and-run accident on Lake Palestine in east Texas.

Authorities say Jeffrey Hampton, 31, of Tyler, has been arrested in the fatal boating accident that happened Sunday evening.

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According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the boat left the scene at Lakeway Harbor before law enforcement arrived.

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Officials say the teen was standing on a dock when it was rammed by a boat and the driver did not stop.

The teen was rushed to a local hospital but died from his injuries. 

Hampton is charged with manslaughter and being held on $750,000 bond.


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