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Woman hit by driver on Legacy Trail talks about scare

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Police now say the man who drove onto the legacy trail is a former Lexington police officer.

They've charged Keith Todd, 42, of Lexington with DUI and assault. They say he was intoxicated when he drove onto the Legacy Trail near I-75 and hit Penny Bentley who walking on the trail with a friend Wednesday evening.

"I'm sore, really sore and tired," said Penny Bentley.

Bentley suffered a broken leg, cracked vertebrae, and received more than 20-stitches in her head.

"I feel so lucky, very lucky to be alive," she said. "I remember waking up and my friend saying to me, don't move, you've just been hit by a car."

Bentley was rushed to UK Hospital in serious condition. Todd, who police say, blew just over the legal limit with a blood alcohol level of .084 was arrested and taken into custody.

"At this point he has told investigators he was on his way home and thought the trail was a back road to New Circle Road," said Lt. Chris Van Brackel.

Police say they still don't know where Bentley got onto the path, that's why they're asking for the public's assistance to help piece the accident together.

"It just doesn't make any sense, how the heck did he not see me?" said Bentley.

While lying in her hospital bed, Bentley said, she could think of only one thing, her best friend Amanda Ross who was shot dead in 2009 by her ex-fiance, Steve Nunn.

"But ya know, at least I got my life, she doesn't," she said. "Maybe she was up there looking out for me last night."

Lexington Police say Todd's employment with the Division of Police ended in 2010. Court documents reveal Todd received drug counseling in 2006.

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