NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After a family member urged him to do so, the driver of the car involved in the felony hit-and-run accident that occurred on the Nacogdoches loop late turned himself into authorities late Monday night.
"NPD would like to thank the community for all the support of the victim's family and for all the positive comments over the last three days. We could not have done as much as we have without the assistance of other area law enforcement agencies and the community," said Lt. Dan Taravella a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department. "Although there is still much more investigating to do to bring this to completion, we hope this new information will bring some comfort to the victim's family."
The hit-and-run accident occurred in the 3300 block of Northeast Stallings Drive at about 10:13 p.m. Saturday night. NPD dispatch received a 911 call about a teenage pedestrian victim lying in the roadway on Northeast Stallings Drive, the press release stated.
Brandon Gipson, the 16-year-old victim, was either coming or going from the Nacogdoches High School Homecoming dance at the time of the accident, the press release stated.
Late Monday night, a man came to the Nacogdoches Police Department with his vehicle at the urging of a family member.
'The subject informed investigators that he was involved in the accident and evidence was found on the vehicle that is consistent with the evidence investigators were searching for from such an accident," the press release stated. "The subject is cooperating with NPD and an arrest will be forthcoming."
According to the press release, NPD investigators will continue the investigation until it is complete and present it to the District Attorney's Office.
Tina Woodall, Gipson's mother, said Monday that her son is still in critical condition.
Gipson suffered head trauma and internal bleeding as a result of the auto-pedestrian accident. He also suffered a broken arm, bruises, and scrapes, Woodall said. However, doctors have said that they are the most concerned about Gipson's head trauma, she said.
At this point, Gipson is on a respirator as needed, and he is sedated, Woodall said Monday.
Woodall said her son had just celebrated his 16th birthday on Oct. 16 and that he had gotten money and a haircut for his birthday. She said she had reluctantly decided to let her son go to his first Homecoming dance.
The Nacogdoches Police Department is still asking anyone with any information about the accident to call the NPD Traffic Division at (936) 559-2639.