Community, father speaks out after deadly hit-and-run in Limestone County

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — Authorities are investigating a hit-and-run that killed a Madison teen on Thursday night.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 19 when a 16-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene.

The teen, identified by the family as Mason Cozelos, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“My son was important, and he was a good person, and that I want people to know what happened to him shouldn’t have happened and I hope that this story will lead to people you know not, not let this happen again in the future,” said Wess Cozelos, Mason’s father.

Numerous posts have been made on social media sharing their condolences and memories of Mason. He was a student at James Clemens High School.

“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Mason Cozelos. He was a wonderful person and a great student who will be dearly missed. Our prayers go out to his family and all Jets,” James Clemens principal Dr. Brian Clayton said in a statement.

Clayton’s statement also said there will be additional counselors at the high school on Monday for any students, faculty, and staff during this difficult.

Cozelos also worked at LawLers Barbecue on Hughes Road, the business shared its condolences on its Facebook page.

Authorities say the wreck occurred on East Limestone Road, approximately eight miles east of Athens.

Anyone with information related to the incident should contact the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Highway Patrol Division at 256-533-4202.

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