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Lexington veteran still hospitalized six weeks after being attacked

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The mother of a central Kentucky Air Force veteran says he is still in the hospital more than a month after he was knocked out outside of a popular bar.

One punch sent Victor Dykes to the hospital. That was in June, since then he hasn't left.

"Today he's better than he has been, they're trying to ween him off the ventilator," said his mother Lillian Stinnett.

She says her son was leaving the Goodfellas Pizza inside Two Keys tavern on June 20 when he found two people messing with his motorcycle. He confronted them and police say that's when a third man, 24-year-old Aaron Carrithers, punched him.

"It could have killed him same as it knocked him out, cause it knocked him out before he ever hit the concrete," she said.

Dykes suffered bruising of his brain, a skull fracture, and eventually had a stroke.

Lexington Police charged Carrithers, a medical student, with first degree assault ten days after the attack.

"It's such a shame that this young man who wants to be a doctor has ruined his life, but he's also ruined my son's life," Stinnett said.

Lillian Stinnett thinks this incident was an example of a trend known as the "Knockout" game, where the goal is to randomly knock a stranger unconscious with a single punch.

She says she doesn't want her son's story to be forgotten, especially since her family will be dealing with the consequences for years to come.

"He never thought when he walked out of there that he wouldn't get on his Harley and ride home, well he hasn't been home now in six weeks."

She says she should know within a couple of months if a grand jury will indict Carrithers.


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