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Arrest made in hit-and-run

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) - An arrest has been made in a hit and run crash that seriously injured a young man.

Shemecko Howard was arrested early Monday in Lexington and charged with first-degree assault and second-degree tampering with physical evidence.

"Relief;" explained the victim's father, Demetrick Singletary, while speaking to 27 NewsFirst outside of the UK Medical Center. "I got the call this morning and I was so relieved that someone was arrested and held accountable for the actions taken against our son."

Lexington Police say Howard ran over Chris Mayfield outside the Speedway at Angliana Ave. And S. Broadway Sunday.

According to Mayfield's sister, Deneysha Singletary, Howard and another man were fighting in the parking lot when their attention turned to Mayfield.

Investigators say when Howard first tried running over Mayfield, she missed. She smashed into him the second time, according to police.

"He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Demetrick Singletary explained.

The 25-year-old father of two was visiting his sister, a UK student, for a birthday over the weekend.

"Something positive turned negative in just a matter of minutes," Singletary said.

He says the Louisville native is still in intensive care and faces a long road to recovery.

"Every now & then, he'll wiggle his feet, he'll respond by squeezing your hand. I think he knows we're here."

Singletary says he and other family members are working to start a fund for Mayfield's medical expenses.

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