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Police say driver wanted for deadly hit-and-run

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A man has been killed after being hit by a driver on Interstate 64. State Police say the driver who hit the man didn't stop after the accident.

Late Wednesday afternoon police determined the vehicle that hit the man appeared to have been tractor trailer. They analyzed part of a light that was found at the scene from the vehicle to determine that. They say the light was manufactured in New York. The vehicle they are looking for should have damage to it's right side.

It reportedly hit the victim as he was pulled over on the westbound lanes at the 138 milemarker in Rowan County, about one mile east of Morehead.

State Police have identified the man killed as 47-year-old Robert Lee Luther, who is from Dandridge, Tennessee. Police say Luther was standing outside his Ford Ranger after having truck trouble.

Luther's wife tells NewsFirst Luther was returning to Tennessee from his son's high school graduation in Portsmith, Ohio.

He says Luther called his wife a little after 3 a.m. to tell her he was having vehicle trouble and was getting out of the his truck to check on it. She says he never called her back and didn't answer the phone when she continually called.

Another driver didn't find Luther's body until 6:30am.

The wife of Robert Luther has a message to the person responsible.

"I want them to know they took my life away from me. He was my whole life, my love, my best friend. He was everything to me. They too my only family away from me and I hope they get everything the law can give them for what they did to my husband", says Kenita Luther.

Police ask anyone with information to call Kentucky State Police in Morehead at 606-784-4127.


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