Police: Man Hit By Three Vehicles Along I-75

Police in Madison County are trying to figure out how a man was hit by three vehicles along I-75.

Emergency crews responded to the southbound lanes near Berea just before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Madison County coroner tells 27 NEWSFIRST the victim is 24-year-old Jerry Whitaker II from Clay County.

Police say Whitaker was pulled over in the emergency lane with a flat tire. Police say he was out in the roadway, trying to flag down some help.

Whitaker was hit first by a car that knocked him to the ground. Police say after that, he was hit by a UPS tractor trailer and an SUV pulling a camper.

Police say the driver of the SUV did not stop and has not been found.

Whitaker was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Berea where he was pronounced dead. The coroner says he died from blunt force trauma.

Relatives say Whitaker was on his way back home from a funeral in Indiana.

Whitaker leaves behind a wife, who is legally blind, and a three-year-old son.

Family members say Whitaker was a good man, who worked double shifts at Shaker's Pizza to make ends meet.

Police believe Whitaker had been drinking at the time of the accident, but it will take several weeks for toxicology reports to confirm that.

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  • by Jay Location: KY on Aug 2, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    Mr. Haney, you are soooo not funny...this is a tragedy and you make sick jokes...This is not a laughing/joking matter. A little compassion is called for and maybe being a human being who actually cares that a man died tragically. Look in the mirror, "Mr. Haney" what do you see? I hope you see someone who will quit with the jokes and show a little respect. You owe this man's family and friends an apology for your rude remarks. I doubt they will get it, but it would be the right thing to do...grow up!
  • by RICK Location: LEXINGTON on Aug 2, 2008 at 07:19 PM
  • by Mr Haney Location: Hooterville on Aug 1, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    The SUV towing the camper was probably having to "hypermile" to afford to get where they were going. The EPA says to avoid "sudden stops" and "unnecessary idling" to improve gas mileage.
  • by Darrell Location: Clay County on Jul 31, 2008 at 07:55 PM
    I would like to thank all those who care..as we continue to deal with are pain I must thank Elizabeth Dorsett for her compassion and professionalism.. what is done is done and now we think of a grieving wife and a 3 year old little boy.Again thanks to all of you who have showed compassion and concern...please pray for April and Jacob...they will need it for years to come...Darrell
  • by Ash Location: London Kentucky on Jul 31, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    As a friend of Jerry & His Wife, I would like to say that Jerry was a good man, and I don't beleive he was the type to drink while driving. I also want everyone to know we are taking donations at Shakers to help pay for the funeral. and any little smart asses that want to make jokes wouldn't be laughing if they were in his family/friends shoes.
  • by curious Location: somewhere on Jul 31, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    wonder how come they not charging anyone with leaving scene of accident when the girl in lexington who was drunk and got hit by a vehicle they charged the driver of that truck
  • by Christy Location: Hamilton on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    Jerry will be missed by all that knew him. He was taken way too soon. My heart goes out to the family. I will always remember the good ole days @ Manda's when Jerry would be making everyone laugh....Prayers and much LOVE!!!!
  • by susie Location: berea on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    To Tracie-2 of those people did stop and the SUV driver probably did not realize what had happened. Another driver stopped & started CPR and help was called and arrived extremely quickly. This is a very sad event but doing drug & alchol testing by the coroner's office (not the hospital) is standard in these situations. I totally agree that it is a very sad situation and maybe he just made a silly mistake. But, you should also have some sympathy for the people that hit him--that is a terrible thing to have to live with. I will be praying for Jerry's family and everyone who was involved in this tragedy.
  • by Bill Location: Southeast Ky on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    Only one driver did not stop. The suv pulling the camper drove off but there was no mention of the others not stopping. As far as the mention of possibly drinking I quess you could always say that about anyone. Should have been confirmed first.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    Tracie, you do not have all of the facts. Only one of the vehicles did not stop, the last one. The other two drivers did stop and tried to help him
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