A man is in serious condition at UK hospital after being struck by a Kentucky State Police trooper vehicle.
At 10:00 p.m. the Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post received a report of a traffic collision with injuries, involving a Kentucky State Police vehicle on KY 876 / Barnes Mill Road west of Richmond, KY.
"This early in the investigation it takes a lot of time to gather the evidence, to get the information together, to determine where Mr. Walden was walking, to determine where Trooper Luttrell's cruiser was as well as the speed Trooper Luttrell was traveling at," said Trooper Paul Blanton.
Walden was rushed from the scene to UK Hospital where he remains in serious condition.
"Part of our charter, part of our mission statement is highway safety. Unfortunately there are some times that accidents happen," Blanton noted.
"We encourage anybody, if they're going to be walking on a dark road, or any road after dark, that they wear brightly colored clothing. And they should be walking toward the flow of traffic," continued Blanton.
Senior Trooper Michael P. Luttrell, operating a 2009 Ford marked state police vehicle, was eastbound on KY 876. Preliminary investigation indicates as Trooper Luttrell was traveling on KY 876 a pedestrian, Charles L Walden, 20 years of age, of Richmond, who was walking along the roadway, was struck by the vehicle operated by Trooper Luttrell.
Charles Walden was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment were he remains in serious condition. Trooper Luttrell was not injured in the collision.
Trooper Luttrell, 27 years of age, was on duty and responding to a non-emergency call for service at the time of the crash. He is a five-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.
The crash is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police Regional Reconstruction Team. Assisting at the scene were the Madison County EMS, Madison County Fire & Rescue and Madison County Sheriffs Department.