Richmond man in critical condition after being hit by a car

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) Gutters dumping rainwater and the soft sound of wind chimes break through the silence at the apartment homes sitting on Evansdale Avenue in Richmond.

But Saturday night, the silence was shattered by different sounds.

"There were a lot of people around, there were several police cars and two or three ambulances,” said neighbor Gladys Brown.

She says they all surrounded a seriously injured young man, 22-year-old Josh Childers.

"I saw a boy lying on the side of the porch. I couldn't tell if he was alive or dead, it scared me," Brown said.

Police say the Childers was hit by a car; he was rushed to UK Hospital in critical condition. According to police, the person driving the car was 21-year-old Jeremy Rice. He was arrested and charged with first-degree assault.

Police say an argument between Rice and his girlfriend at her apartment home triggered the trouble.

After Rice pushed his girlfriend, her brother, Childers, intervened and the two started fighting in the parking lot, according to police.

Police say when Rice tried to drive away, the man tried to stop him and ended up in front of the car, that's when he was hit.

Worried neighbors watched, not knowing if he would live or die.

"Once in a while you could see him breathing a little," remembers Gladys.

Rice is also charged with fourth-degree assault for pushing his girlfriend. He declined our request for an interview at the Madison County Detention Center.

Brown says police are often called to their neighborhood, she hopes this might be the last time so the area might one day be known as a place of peace instead of violence.

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