Two fatal pedestrian crashes strike Lexington: hit and run suspect arrested

LEXINGTON, KY — Lexington was struck by tragedy this weekend with two fatal pedestrian crashes occurring within hours of each other on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The first incident, a hit and run, took place near West Loudon Avenue and Broadway around 11:20 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses from the Castlewood Neighborhood Facebook group reported the victim as appearing to be a member of the unhoused community, often seen carrying a checker/chess board and pillow. The witness described the horrifying scene: “It was a hit and run. Drug his body into the intersection of Loudon & Broadway. Left him in the road with a sheet over him & his shoes & hat 10 yards apart. I’ve been saying for 2yrs since we moved back to Castlewood, that someone’s gna get hit from the unhoused! 😔 so sad. Saying a prayer for his soul. 🙏🏻”

Officers on the scene found a male pedestrian who was declared dead. The Fayette County Coroner, Gary Ginn, is expected to release the victim’s information at a later time. According to reporting by the Herald-Leader’s Taylor Six, The Lexington Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene and later located the suspect, who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence – aggravated circumstance.

The second fatal crash occurred around 2:50 a.m. Sunday on the inner loop of New Circle Road prior to Alumni Drive. Details were limited for this ongoing investigation, and police couldn’t provide information on victims or suspects.

The Lexington Police Department urges anyone with information related to these incidents to come forward.

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