WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Monday morning, here at Leestown Road and Moores Mill Road, Kendale Ashby was dropped off for work, where he was to direct traffic at a road construction project. However a car hit him, just after 9 a.m., ending his life before his shift ever began. Now those who know the 36-year-old are left hurting.
"I mean they say 'the good die young' and I mean they do," said Stephfonz Scruggs, a friend of Ashby. "I was just shocked, man. I mean I sat all day and thinking about the little problems that I've got in my life, and we're here today and gone tomorrow."
Versailles Police Lt. Daniel Clark says Ashby had just been dropped off at work when he was hit. "They had stopped and let the victim out who was going to be the flag person; the person stopping traffic and letting traffic go while construction was going on" said Lt. Clark. "The Toyota Corolla approached this intersection and struck the victim when he was standing in the roadway."
"There ain't too many people here and every time we lose somebody, man, it's heartfelt," said Scruggs of Sharpsburg, the small town he and Ashby grew up in.
Scruggs said the two lived next to each other as kids, went to school together, and even in their adult years encouraged one another.
"It wasn't no longer than a month ago he told me to go get my CDL. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have (gotten) my CDL, but I got my CDL today," said Scruggs.
For as much as this friend will miss Ashby, he said his heart really breaks for the family Ashby leaves behind.
"He just had a newborn kid a couple of weeks ago. I mean my heart goes out to them! I know he was a good dad, and he's a good person. I wish he wasn't gone."
Funeral arrangements are still pending.
Police say the driver of the car, who has not been identified, was also taken to the hospital for treatment. They have yet to decide if charges will be filed in this investigation.