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Police reach out to public in deadly hit and run case

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Lexington Police held a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a deadly hit and run case.

"The only way we're going to solve this is if somebody comes forward with some information," explains Lexington Police Lt. Chris Vanbrackle. Police say a driver hit 57-year old Gary Akers along Leestown Road either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
"From what we can tell, he was walking outbound on Leestown road on the right side when the car that hit him came from behind. We believe it hit him in the back of the leg and that had actually threw him up on the windshield and down the right side of the car."

The driver left the scene. Another driver found his body along the side of the road just before five AM. Akers died at the scene.

"What we expect to find on the vehicle that hit him would be some moderate damage possibly to the front end. The windshield should have some breaks on it and the passenger side mirror should also have some damage."

The coroner says Akers died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Police have not found the driver or the car that hit Akers.

On Tuesday afternoon, police are expected to talk about the case, and how the public can help locate the suspect vehicle.

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