DUI victim supports driver's release from jail

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been more than a year and a half since former police officer Keith Todd hit Penny Bentley with his car along the Legacy Trail. Just a few months ago, he pleaded guilty to DUI and assault. Today, Todd is a free man and Bentley says she wishes him the best.

Penny Bentley says she'll always have reminders of that evening.

"I am doing OK. I have my aches and pains," she said.

Bentley had broken bones, torn ligaments, and cracked vertebrae after Todd hit her. Today, though, she's glad to hear he's gone home.

"I wrote that letter about a week and a half ago," said Bentley.

Bentley wrote the courts asking them to grant Todd shock probation. She's got faith the father and husband can turn his life around.

"It was all about the boys and the wife and being able to come back and be a family man and hopefully get his life together. I think he can. He did serve and protect our community at one point and he got off on the wrong trail and hopefully he'll continue to be on the good path," said Bentley.

Todd might be able to find support in the most unlikely of places.

"I just hope that he does get the support and love that he needs to stay on the right path. I would be willing to speak to Mr. Todd, absolutely. I'm a very forgiving person and if that would help him to take some of that pressure or burden off him, yeah, absolutely," said Bentley.

WKYT spoke with Keith Todd by phone today. He said while he appreciated the opportunity to talk on camera, he wants to maintain his privacy.

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