OXFORD – Two teenage boys were knocked down in a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night as they and six other children were walking south on the southbound shoulder of Route 26, Patrolman Mike Ward said.

Jake Williams of 664 Main St. suffered left arm and rib injuries in the 6 p.m. incident and was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway for treatment, the officer said.

A nursing supervisor said the teen was treated and released. Ward said he had no broken bones.

Also struck was 15-year-old Dillen Webster of 47 Number Six Road in Oxford, the officer said.

“The vehicle hit (Williams) and broke the mirror off the SUV,” Ward said. “I picked up the passenger mirror, and it was some kind of Toyota SUV.” The mirror is black, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the vehicle’s body is that color, he said.

“Jake was hit first and the mirror broke, and the vehicle continued southbound and hit Dillen, who was approximately 25 feet ahead of Jake,” Ward said. “The vehicle had slowed down after it hit Jake, and then it hit Dillen and knocked him down and continued on.”

Dillen was not injured, he said.

All the youths were walking south on the plowed southbound shoulder in front of the Dura-Bilt building, also known as the Outdoor Comfort Center, when the SUV drove onto the shoulder, Ward said.

At the time, Williams, Webster and the six other youths, all ages 8 to 16, were headed to Williams’ house after visiting friends on nearby Number Six Road, the investigator said.

He said the youths, some in darker clothing, some in lighter, were in the southbound lane because “there’s more room to walk on that side of the road.”

“When it hit (Jake) it knocked him down,” he said of Williams, who was within 100 feet of his home. “There was a girl beside him, and it scared her. It didn’t hit her. They all started running.”

Williams ran to his home where his mother called 911, the officer said.

“It had to know it hit the young boy,” Ward said. “After it hit Williams it slowed down, and (the children) thought it was going to stop, and it sped off and they couldn’t get a plate number.”

Ward advised surrounding police agencies to be on the lookout for a vehicle that fit the description.

“I do have evidence from the scene,” the officer said, and he asked that anyone who saw the group walking or witnessed the incident to call him at the Oxford Police Department at 539-4414.



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