Sentencing set for Friday in hit and run case

Nathan W. Jester Jr.

DOVER — The fate of a 36-year-old Felton man accused of a fatal hit and run accident last year is scheduled to be announced at 10 a.m. Friday in Kent County Superior Court.

Nathan W. Jester Jr. is facing six months to a year in prison if convicted of charges that followed the death of a Felton man struck by a vehicle while walking his dog on Willow Grove Road (Del. 10) the night of Sept. 6, 2017. Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. oversaw the two-day bench trial that concluded Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said 35-year-old Roger L. Coberly Jr. died near his home, and testimony Monday indicated he was found lying face down in a ditch by his wife who called 911 and frantically attempted to revive him with chest compressions as instructed by an emergency operator. Kent County paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to defense attorney Andre’ Beauregard, Mr. Jester was traveling on a dark country road on a cloudy night and did not expect to encounter any pedestrians. He believed he struck a deer, the defense maintained, as he had earlier in the night and three months earlier in the same general area.

Mr. Jester called an insurance agent afterward to report striking a deer, the defense said, and was told police should only be contacted if a person is known to be dead or injured.

The Delaware State Police arrested Mr. Jester the day after the incident, authorities said.

Mr. Jester is charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death and failure to report a collision resulting in death. Fines are also possible with a guilty finding.

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