Cherokee County teen killed in hit-and-run

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Updated: 7/08/2013 6:34 am Published: 7/08/2013 5:49 am

FOX23 has learned a teen girl accused of hitting two boys with her car has turned herself in.

Tahlequah police say one of the teens died an hour after being hit.

FOX23's Dontaye Carter spoke with the man who set up a memorial in Oscar Landaverde's honor.
"I wish I could've done something. I wish I could've done more. I was here, I talked to him, tried to comfort him," said Rick Berry, as another driver called 911. "There was nothing I could do."

He says he was unable to help Landaverde Sunday morning but wanted to remember him with flowers and a cross he set up on Highway 51 between Stickross Mountain Road and West 4th Street in Tahlequah.
"He was just totally unresponsive," said Berry. "I knew there was no way. I'm not going into details."

Berry told FOX23 it was dark and he barely saw the teens until he came within feet of them on the road.

"Coming around the corner I saw Oscar lying in the road," he said. "Didn't know who it was, didn't know what it was."

Officers say Landaverde died an hour later. They say the surviving teen, James Clay, told them the two were coming from Walmart when they stopped to rest here. Officers tell us they were either kneeling or laying near this yellow line.

"This is a tragic event," said Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King.

He says it's a high-traffic area with a 65 mph speed limit that has no sidewalks.

"If you're going to be out walking after dark please wear light-colored or reflective clothing," he said. "Dark clothes are hard to see at night."

"I was heartbroken. I couldn't. It's helpless I guess. I couldn't do anything but look at the kid die in front of me,” Berry said.

Tahlequah police tell me they're unsure if the driver who allegedly hit those boys will face any charges.

Police say the teenager who survived only dislocated his elbow.

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