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13-year-old was the driver in fatal accident

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By The Staff

Nelson County police are again looking into an accident that killed a 13-year-old Waterford boy earlier this month.

A passenger in the fatal accident came to police with additional information about the single-vehicle wreck on Old Bloomfield Road.

Jordan Keeling, 15, told police that the information he gave at the scene of the accident June 6 was false, according to the amended police report. At that time he and Ronald Derek Coulter, 24, told police that Coulter was the driver of the vehicle. Keeling told police June 14 that James Douglas Mitchell, 13, was driving the vehicle when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, ejecting him from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Mitchell was not wearing a seatbelt.

Coulter gave a statement to police June 15 that he had not been the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident, Mitchell had.

Nelson County Sheriff Mike Newton said the investigation is ongoing. Information collected in the case will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, a practice, which usually occurs when there is a fatality involved, he said.

Newton said the confession “was a shock” because it was “out of the blue.”

If charges are filed Newton said the least Coulter could face is a misdemeanor for giving a false statement.

Mitchell was to have started this August as an eighth grader at Spencer County Middle School.