Tyler man arrested for fatal hit and run boat crash

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 17:30:50-04

A Tyler man has been arrested in connection with the hit and run boating crash that killed a 14-year-old boy.

The incident happened at Lake Palestine.

31-year-old Jeffery Joe Hampton was arrested early Monday morning by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Hampton is charged with manslaughter and is in the Smith County jail on a $750,000 bond.

The accident happened Sunday night at a dock near Lakeway Harbor Drive in Dogwood City.

Officials say Roberto Carlos Bermejo Hernandez was in this area when Hampton allegedly struck him and sped off in a boat.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.