A Wayland-Cohocton high school senior was struck and killed while riding his bike on Thursday near his home. The teen was found the next day and a man has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with the incident and released.
Wayland-based State Police said James Mitchell, 18, of 11151 County Road 36, was pronounced dead at the scene with injuries "consistent from a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident."
On Thursday, Troopers charged Kyle O'Neal, 26, of 9935 Ward Road, Wayland, with driving while intoxicated. O'Neal was released and issued a ticket to appear in Town of Cohocton Court at a later date.
“We believe he was struck (Thursday) night around 8:30,” said Bureau of Criminal Investigation Senior Investigator Curt Eaton. “This is an on-going investigation.”
Troopers said the Steuben County 911 Dispatch Center received a call around 7:20 a.m. Friday that there was a body laying near the road on County Road 36.
Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker responded to the scene and police are asking for help if anyone has information as more charges are pending.
The news spread through the Wayland-Cohocton school community Friday afternoon. Connor Mark, a classmate of Mitchell, was shocked by the news.
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“I had to take a seat to take this all in,” said Mark. “No one in my class has really had a tragedy like this.”
Mark said he talked daily to Mitchell in school.
“He’s a great kid,” Mark said. “He always had a smile on his face.”