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Witness of hit-and-run: 'I saw her flying through the air'

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - She was walking across a busy road with another teenager when police say she became the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Now, a teenager is recovering from some serious injuries. And Lexington police say the driver of a U-Haul hit the teen along Richmond Road near Old Todds Road Tuesday afternoon. But a short time later, police say they tracked down that driver.

While on scene, WKYT's Jerrika Insco talked with a witness about everything he saw.

"It's almost a surreal feeling," said Scott Willoughby, a witness at the hit-and-run. "You're driving down the road on a nice day, and one of your fellow citizens of Lexington is getting hit by a car."

Living in Lexington for a while now, Willoughby says he drives down Richmond Road often. He's even witnessed a few wrecks but nothing like this.

"Out of the corner of my left eye, I noticed that she was flying through the air and then I immediately pulled over and stopped," said Willoughby.

The young teenage girl was flown six or seven feet in the air. That's how Willoughby describes what happened when she was hit by a U-Haul moving truck with a car attached to the back. First on the scene, Willoughby says he called for help after checking her pulse and assessing her injuries.

"Her eyes were open, and I said, 'Can you talk to me?' and she wasn't saying a word," said Willoughby. "She couldn't talk at that time."

Police tell us this witness's description of the U-Haul led them to catching up the suspected driver on the interstate, who is now in custody.

"I don't really have feelings towards a person who would hit and run and leave someone laying there on the ground suffering, maybe fighting for their life," said Willoughby.

Police tell us the victim is recovering at UK Hospital with several injuries, mostly to her legs. The suspect's name and victim's name have not yet been released.

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