Driver comes forward over teen skateboarder's death, mother pays tribute

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The driver of a white truck sought in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident in Minnesota has come forward.

The Isanti County Sheriff's Office had issued an appeal for information about the truck after it was thought to be the vehicle responsible for hitting Antonio DeMeules on 285th Ave. NE. on Thursday evening, killing him.

Late Friday night, the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page that a man had turned himself in to the office.

"The driver is cooperating fully with law enforcement," it said. "The vehicle has also been located. This is still an active investigation and more information will be released on Monday."

DeMeules was believed to have been skateboarding toward the center of the road when he was struck by a passing vehicle at around 8:15 p.m. Thursday. Police said he was wearing dark clothing, so might have been difficult to see.

His mother, Renee Salazar, paid tribute to her son, telling WCCO: "Very bright kid. Very handsome. Very caring."

The TV station reports that DeMeules was a sophomore at Blaine High School, and only turned 15 last month. His mother added that he had ambitions to become a chef.

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