Funeral Services Held For UK Student Killed in Hit and Run

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Friends and family of Connie Blount, 18, gathered in her hometown of Park City, Utah Thursday to pay their respects. Blount's funeral is Friday.

The UK Freshman was killed early Sunday morning, when police say the 18-year-old was hit by a pick-up truck that kept going at Maxwell and South Broadway streets.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Blount was pronounced dead just hours later at UK hospital.

"It's devastating, unbelievable, it's just so surreal right now," said Callie Schott, a good friend of Blount.

Schott believes Blount was just heading home when she was hit. The driver of the truck, police say, never stopped and kept driving.

"It's sickening, who ever did this needs to turn themselves in," said Meghan Blackburn, a good friend of Blount's.

The Utah native, we're told, came to Lexington and UK because of her passion and love for horses. The 18-year-old was a skilled rider and member of the UK equestrian team.

"She was so talented and loved by everyone, she had such a full and bright future ahead of her," said Christina Lawton, a good friend of Blount.

Lawton, along with Schott and Blackburn, are pleading with the driver to come forward.

"We understand it was probably a very scary thing and maybe the person just got scared and didn't know what to do, but, they have to know how much Connie's loss hurts," said Blackburn.

A witness told police the vehicle is described as a light colored Chevrolet extended cab pickup. A vehicle has been in pounded in connection to the deadly crash. Investigators are conducting forensic tests. We're told there is a person of interest in the case, but so far, there has been no arrests. Anyone with information is urged to call Lexington police.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    I was friends with Connie, and no young man didnt say they were at a bar. they were at a friends party. Connie, didnt sdie because she drank alchol she died due to blunt injuries to her whole body. How did she get those injuries?? being hit by a truck!!!! I miss you connie, i promise to see you in heaven
  • by curious Location: somerest on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    i think something should be done with the bars that served this 18 year old i did think that was a crime within itself, on one of the news channels her friend had stated they had been to several bars so shouldnt they be to blame as well
  • by Katie Location: Meyer on Apr 18, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    ES you are insensitive and disrespectful...keep your rude comments to yourself.
  • by Joey Location: lex on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    The comments from Big Ed, Greg and Alice just prove that stupid people exist everywhere in our society. And to ES; yes, she chose to be out at 2am, but does that mean everyone that chooses to be out late is at fault when someone runs them over with a vehicle and then flees the scene? That is skewed logic and is a moot point. You use "choices" as an excuse. So if I "choose" to use my vehicle to drive to work and someone crashes in to me and I die, it was my choice? Again, flawed logic.
  • by ES Location: Lex,KY on Apr 18, 2008 at 05:51 AM
    You all can post comment after comment about all of this, Point is she chose to be out at 2am, there is a TON of not only meanness in this town, but alot of drunk drivers out at that time,you choose your own choices in lfe and what happened is sad yes, but look how many people have died this past month, the UK student that left a bar and fell and hit his head, are we going to blame the road that got into his way. Choices and these young people are making alot of bad ones. PERIOD.
  • by david Location: lex on Apr 17, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    I think when they find this person they need to use their truck and run them over and leave them for dead.
  • by LEAH Location: Williamsburg on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    Connie Blunt was so beautiful my thoughts are with them and my prayers i'm so sorry.
  • by D Location: Lexington on Apr 17, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    Obviously there is a lot that has not been released about this case. But lets remember one HUGE fact that we know to be true, a person hit someone and failed to stop and check on the girl. He/She was selfish and only thought of themselves by leaving the scene. It doesn't matter why Connie was out at 2:30, she had every right as an adult to be out. Not to mention that the pedestrian always has the right of way. Lets not miss the facts here, someone fled the scene of an accident, a deadly accident at that. We should focus on remembering how wonderful Connie was and finding the person who drove that truck!
  • by Jess Location: Richmond on Apr 17, 2008 at 08:02 AM
    I can't believe Im reading comments about this wonderful young lady being out late at night...Duh, she was in college. Thats a time that almost all people have a social life and many students aren't just partying. Many are aiding other friends, and mostly just hanging out with friends. This is a tragedy and it could so easily happen to any one of us. Just remember this young lady's spirit, and her family in this horrible time and please understand going out is a part of life and growing up,...God bless Connie and her family and friends.
  • by Graduate Student Location: University of Kentucky on Apr 16, 2008 at 08:32 PM
    Alice, how naive are you to college life? Just because she was out at 2 a.m. doesn't mean she's a "bad" girl. I am in my 1st year in graduate school and after spending 5 in undergrad getting 2 degrees, I've spent more nights at 2 a.m. on campus, in the library, studying more than I have out "partying". Also, just because she may have been drinking or socializing with friends, doesn't mean she was stumbling drunk. I didn't know her personally, but there can be scholarly students who can have a social life and she was probably like that. I feel for her parents too, just not for your reasons of blaming her for being in that situation. With the class load put on students being balanced with extracurricular activities such as equestrian events, the late night may be the only time to relax or study... just look at W.T. Young library at 2 a.m... Shame on you, stereotyping "all" college students. By the way, stereotype me, 2 degrees, in a fraternity, & held fulltime job all through college.


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