SMITH COUNTY - The family of a teenage boy who died in a hit-and-run accident involving a boat on Lake Palestine Sunday have released his identity.

Fourteen-year old Carlos Hernandez was killed in the accident.

“Tyler ISD is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former Moore Middle School student Roberto Carlos Bermejo Hernandez over the weekend,” stated a post on the Tyler ISD Facebook page. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

A Tyler man has been arrested in the death of Hernandez who was standing on a Lake Palestine dock when it was hit by a boat.

Jeffrey Joe Hampton, 31, is charged with manslaughter and being held on a $750,000 bond.

Hampton was arrested in connection with a fatal boating hit and run incident that killed a 14-year-old boy on Lake Palestine Sunday.

Texas Game Warden Captain Quint Balkcom confirmed Hampton is a suspect in the death.

Around 8 p.m. Sunday night, authorities were called to Lakeway Harbor in Dogwood City.

According to his family, he was swimming along with other children when a nearby dock was hit by a black boat with red flecks that is believed to have been occupied by five people. Hernandez was struck by parts of the dock after the crash.


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