Parts of Grant Co. hit-and-run story made up, sheriff says

Investigators: 47-year-old woman told teens to leave scene
Parts of Grant Co. hit-and-run story made up, sheriff says

Investigators said Friday that original information about a hit-and-run in Grant County that left a teen badly injured was partially made up.

Investigators have now determined another driver backed up and ran over Jacob Colson and the story about him being a pedestrian was made up to cover the incident because the teens had been at a party.

It was originally reported that Cheryl Walton, 47, of rural Lancaster, was driving into town to get coffee when she located Colson lying on the side of the road.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department has revealed that multiple people were at a party in rural Lancaster when many of them left, including Colson.

While traveling on University Farm Road, the vehicle Colson was in stopped to meet with another vehicle, so Colson could travel back to Lancaster.

Colson then jumped out of the car and went to get into the other car when the driver of that car, Daniel Udelhoven, 20, of rural Potosi, backed up and ran over Colson.

Other occupants in the vehicle, Nicole White, 24, of Lancaster, and Autumn Elliot, 17, of Lancaster, left the scene to get Walton.

The investigation then revealed that Walton instructed them, along with Udelhoven, to hide and that she would take care of it.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Walton then called 911 and reported she was driving into town to get coffee and found Colson lying in the road.

After Colson was found, he underwent a seven-hour surgery to repair the damage of being run over.

The matter remains under investigation by the Grant County sheriff and charges will be referred later next week.