TAUNTON (CBS) – Police are looking for help tracking down a hit-and-run driver who killed a teenage skateboarder in Taunton.

17-year-old Nicholas Silva Thomas was skateboarding with a friend along Bay Street when he was struck at about 9:40 p.m. Thursday.

According to police, the driver turned off the car’s headlights and left the scene, which is near the entrance to Watson Pond State Park.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

Silva Thomas was rushed to Morton Hospital, where he died.

There is no word yet on what type of vehicle police are looking for.  His friend was not able to get a description of the car.

His grandfather Edwin Carlos said witnesses knew the driver was aware of what had happened.

“He turned the lights off after he hit him, because (a) woman was coming the opposite way and she saw the car.”

Silva Thomas was going to be a senior at Taunton High School, where he was on the wrestling team.

Nick’s friends showed up at the scene of the accident, carrying flowers.  “He was such a nice kid, always got along with everybody,” said one classmate.  “He was always smiling and goofing around,” said another.

His family said he and his friend would skate in the park on Thursdays and then go for pizza.

His aunt Cheryl Costa made a public plea to the driver Friday.

“Please don’t be out there hiding, come forward,” she said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office is asking anyone with information to call Taunton Police at 508-824-7522.

You can also visit tipsubmit.com or text the phrase “CALL50” to “CRIMES” (274637).

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

Comments (18)
  1. Ellen says:

    I feel so sorry for this kid and his family, but parents should warn their sons and daughters about the dangers of skateboarding, running or just walking alone on a dark deserted road.

  2. Mark says:

    Probably a politician!

  3. Mr. S Kates says:

    Surprised this doesn’t happen more often to skateboarders. The ones I see this summer on the downtown Boston streets have no regard for their surroundings while they Helter Skelter around the sideways hap-hassardly

    1. mel says:

      Yea well if they had a plac to go maybe it wouldn’t have happen damn they have places for football baseball etc and skateboarders have mor talent and spark than you rude ass people know suprise no just ignorance by those judgement people who view books by cover not what’s in it.may god bless you and I pray this never happens to anyone again

  4. massman says:

    A 17 year old kid is killed in a hit and run, and these are the comments posted? How about a little respect for the family.

  5. Crystal says:

    Why are you people so rude? I don’t know this kid but come on. Have a little respect. I guarantee you you’re all just judging him because of what he looks like and because he’s a skateboarder. You people need to take your heads out of the sand.

  6. Emmit066 says:

    A teenage boy’s life was taken from him last night, His family lost a son, a brother, a nephew, & a grandson. His friends lost a friend. What he was doing prior to the accident shouldn’t matter at all. What should matter is the fact that someone struck & killed this young man and ran away like a coward. Whoever did this can run, but they can never hide.

  7. Sympathy says:

    I have all the sympathy in the world for this young boy and his family. BUT, when it’s pitch dark out at 9:30 pm, this you boy used poor judgement skateboarding on the road, when he should’ve been walking along the side. And it cost him his life. Very tragic!

    1. massman says:

      Let that be a warning to anyone on the side of the road at 9:30 PM. If you are there, a person has the right to hit you and run.

      1. tragic says:

        No one has the RIGHT to hit someone with a car just because it’s 9:30PM. massman, pick your words carefully next time, won’t ya? You sound stupid. Don’t justify a tragedy with a stupid reason.

      2. GSmith says:

        Are you really that stupid? If you hit someone own up to it. Let’s hope you’re not in that position in the first place. You are the stupidest person on here and I hope you can realize that. RIP Silva

      3. massman says:

        tragic – That was called sarcasm. I was commenting on Sympathy’s post. Did you really think I thought it was ok to hit someone with a car?

  8. emom says:

    I am sure many here are not placing blame on this kid…. But trying to get the message out to others to be very careful………….. I feel bad for this young man and his family,, To be hit is bad, but for the driver to simply turn of their head lights and drive off, so as not to be seen .. Well that is just wrong. What happened was very tragic…I do hope they find this person and send them away for ever….But I was faced with a similar situation this evening… and it was Just by chance I was able to see these 3 possibly 4 young men all on skateboards….. I m on a back road, NO STREET LIGHTS , lined with trees and it was after 8pm….. My kid was with me and was surprised to see them and well what they where doing…. They where riding their skateboards on a hill, Mind you this is a narrow road, and being a huge hill is a thrill for bikers and skaters, they hoped on their boards and well,,, weaved onto my side of road……… I had to hit the brakes,,, they didn’t care laughing and as I watched them buzz down the hill other cars were coming and they were now side by side,, 3 to 4 of them all on boards…. I signaled 2 oncoming motorcycles ,,, I KNOW you do that to warn of a cop… well a motorcyclist can get seriously hurt if they swerve to avoid these kids…. I rather have the oncoming traffic slow down so to avoid these kids,, ( or dare I say stupid dumb punks)….. Yes they were in no way being responsible, and God forbid if they got hit.. After seeing that I felt it best to at least help my fellow drivers be careful, I do hope they realize that’s a good thing….
    I do hope others DO take precautions… its unsafe since some drivers are careless… regardless who’s fault,, care on both sides should be exercised…. Again I am not blaming this kid for what happened.. Merely trying to get the word out about taking precautions,,, and yes talk to your kids about being safe… after what I saw tonight , I think it a friendly reminder to them..

  9. Rachel says:

    Okay i live off of that road right near where it happened, cars go 80 on it and don’t think twice. I’m not even exagerating. I’m 16 and I didn’t know him, but most of my friends did and the person who did this should turn themselves in. It’s the better thing to do, and if they don’t then they really have no conscience. He was supposed to get his license soon and he had SO much going for him, this really is a tragedy. Rest Easy Nick.

  10. mark says:

    I drive down that road quite often at night and it is very dark around that area. It is obviously a tragedy, but what is worse is that the person that struck the kid has not come forward. Due to that area being not only dark, but close to other side roads that a driver could quickly turn onto, there is really no way of telling how long it will be before someone is caught.

    However, my guess would be that the driver took off for any number of reasons including being drunk, having drugs in the car or being under the influence of drugs, or possibly has warrants out for his/her arrest.

  11. HooDatIS? says:

    God got a cool skateboard dude to entertain him this morning, skate on in peace my dude
    i hope the loser who killed this amazing young man come forward

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