Pedestrian Dies After Car Accident

A Lexington man has died after being hit by a car crossing Man o'War.

Police say John Vice, 31, tried to cross Man o'War at Lyon Drive around 9:00 Tuesday morning when he was hit by a car driven by Shiela Whitler of Lexington.

Vice was taken to UK Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Vice's friends, Gene and Mary Welsh tell 27NEWSFIRST they saw him walking a nearby bus stop just before the accident. They say Vice had recently wrecked his car, but told his friends he'd rather walk.

We're told the 31 year old worked for UPS in Lexington. Vice's friends say he attended the University of Kentucky for his undergraduate studies, then went on to earn his Master's degree at Morehead State.

The driver has not been charged.

Police say the accident is under investigation.


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  • by Vice Location: lexington, KY on Nov 9, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    This written on the week before the trial about John's death. It has been almost two years and we still think of John every day. It is just not fair that someone so young and full of fun and life be gone in a few minutes because of a impaired and careless driver.
  • by smth Location: here on Jan 22, 2008 at 11:36 PM
    maybe more parents should tell there own kids to put down phoes, ipods ect. you have to keep eyes on the road. you may be a good driver, but you never know what life throws at you. i thought i was.
  • by John Location: Smith on Jan 3, 2008 at 10:13 PM
    Listen i have known Sheila all my life and a woman with those standards would never pick up a cell phone while driving. I have known sheila almost all my life and i always here your not supposed to drive when you are talking on your cell since i first got my permit. Sheila is a great person to our neighborhood and community. She always responds to emergencies even when she is not on the clock. This woman is going through the roughest time of her life. We are all tools to God and his great plan. Sometimes we are the tools that pass someone on to the other side. Thats when we need the community to help out and care for the loss and the person who was the tool. Sheila loves to much to hurt someone. Most people say all this stuff because she drives a porsche. Now ask yourself this what if the same thing happend and she was driving a honda or a buick. People concentrate on the materials that made this accident and not the person in the car. Ask yourself that question.
  • by W Location: Washington, DC on Dec 21, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    John was my friend from childhood. I'll miss him.
  • by DM Location: Lexington on Dec 10, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    Jon, You wrote a great comment about Mr. Vice, he sounds like the friend and family member we have all looked for. I have been friends with Ms. Whitler and her family for many years and your comments could have been written about her. She has spent her life helping others in pain and I hope Lexington can add Ms. Whitler to thier prayers along with Rachel and the Vice family. Lets not condemn her for driving a nice car.
  • by not saying Location: no where on Dec 8, 2007 at 08:13 PM
    i hope she gets sued.
  • by Matt Location: Lexington on Dec 1, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    This just demonstrates how dangerous that crossing the street in south Lexington really is, this place isn't very pedestrian friendly outside of the downtown corridor. Crosswalks people, people walk in them watch out for pedestrians.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Nov 30, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    Well said, Josh. Peace, love and prayers to Mr. Vice's family AND Ms. Whitler's
  • by Jon Location: Lex on Nov 30, 2007 at 06:30 PM
    Vice was a unique, talented, loyal, considerate, genuine, driven person with a very bright future and appetite for life. He was a fun-loving guy that somehow always found the humor in everything. He had a way of rubbing off on people, leaving permenant impressions on everyone he met. He never expected anything and always appreciated what he got. There was a lot that people could learn from Vice: how to care and not focus on negative things; how to stop and take the time to recognize all the gifts that God offered; how to never give up and always look for a brighter future; how to stay young; and how your never to old to be what you could have been. He was one of the most important people in my life. He would have made someone a wonderful husband, and would have been one of the best fathers ever. He loved my children, as they did him. If Vice was here to comment on this board, he would forgive Sheila and console her. We love him dearly and will never forget him; he will be missed.
  • by Josh Location: KY on Nov 30, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    First off "not saying" the word is "sue" not "sew." You sew clothes, you sue people. Secondly, I can't believe there are 11 comments about the death of a person and 314 concerning someone killing a deer. Shows you exactly the mentality of rednecks: YES, rednecks. Call me any name you want, but I'm speaking the truth. I'm a hunter, but my gosh people...it's a deer! This guy died and nobody wants to comment. This is really sad.
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