Collier detectives looking for witnesses to East Naples crash that killed teen
Niki and Todd Colvin reflect on the life of their son, 13-year-old Shayden Colvin, who passed away last weekend after a driver hit him on his bike and failed to remain at the scene. (Liam James Doyle/Naples Daily News)
The Collier County Sheriff's Office is seeking to talk to witnesses to a crash last month that killed a 13-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle home in East Naples.
Deputies arrested Pedro Silva-Diaz, 33, and said he struck Shayden Colvin, of East Naples, with his 2015 Toyota truck and left the scene of the crash Nov. 11.
"Detectives are working to ensure that they have as much information as possible," the Sheriff's Office stated in a social media post Friday.
Detectives are looking to talk to a man and woman who witnessed the crash at Lakewood Boulevard and Estey Avenue, the agency wrote.
"A deputy working at the crash site the night of the incident obtained information from the man and woman and detectives working the investigation would like to speak with them again," the post states. "They had been in a truck that was traveling behind the suspect’s vehicle. There was also a child with them in the truck."
The investigation involved the crash site, an extensive search for the suspect vehicle and the intersection where Silva-Diaz eventually was stopped. Consequently, deputies weren't able to gather contact information for the witnesses right away, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Karie Partington in an email.
"Ideally we would have been able to obtain the witness contact information on scene, but I can tell you that crashes like this are unique in that they are hectic and rapidly evolving situations," she wrote.
"In a hit and run the priorities are the preservation of life, locating and apprehending the fleeing suspect and securing the scene."
Colvin was taken to NCH Baker Hospital Downtown in Naples, where he later died.
An East Naples driver was arrested Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, after deputies said he hit and killed Shayden Colvin, 13, and failed to stay at the scene of the crash. This is a call made to E-911 following the hit-and-run crash. Naples Daily News
Silva-Diaz told deputies he thought he hit a nail. Authorities said he continued driving and was stopped by deputies at Green and Sunshine boulevards about 10 minutes later after a witness to the crash called 911 and gave dispatchers the license plate on the Toyota.
He entered a written not-guilty plea last month through his attorney. The Sheriff's Office stated in its post that Silva-Diaz faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death and driving with an expired license.
Silva-Diaz remained in the Naples Jail on Friday, online arrest records state. His bail was set at $100,500, and his arrest report showed a hold for immigration authorities.
Detectives are asking that the couple who witnessed the crash call them at 239-252-9300.