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The Telegram (St. John's)
News, Wednesday, March 30, 2005, p. A1


Police continue search for driver

Police were continuing the search Tuesday night for the driver of the Pontiac Sunfire believed to be involved in a hit-and-run that left a 15-year-boy dead and a second teenager in shock.


The incident occurred on the Bauline Line in Portugal Cove on Monday evening at about 7:30 p.m.


A 15-year-old from Portugal Cove and a 14-year-old from St. John's were walking along the road when the older teen was struck from behind by a vehicle.


The driver fled the scene without stopping, said Staff Sgt. June Layden, spokeswoman for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC).


Both boys were taken to hospital, but the 15-year-old later died of his injuries.


It's believed he was carrying a skateboard at the time.


The boy was just minutes from his home.


The younger teen was treated for minor injuries and shock and released.


Police discovered what they believe is the car involved at a home not far from the scene of the accident on Tuesday morning.

"There was considerable damage that was consistent with a collision of this nature," Layden said.


The vehicle is registered to a female owner, and Layden said the search for the operator is ongoing.


She wouldn't say whether police have made contact with the registered owner, but did allow she didn't expect any arrests to be made Tuesday night.


The identity of the deceased boy is expected to be released today.


Layden said he was a student at Leary's Brook junior high.


The RNC renewed an appeal for assistance, asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information to contact Const. William Gosse at 729-8654 or 729-8000.

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