UPDATE: 14-year-old charged in deadly Lexington hit-and-run

Published: Mar. 6, 2021 at 2:04 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A teenager has been charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision that happened in downtown Lexington last week.

On Friday, March 5, Lexington Police charged a 14-year-old boy with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree wanton endangerment , leaving the scene of an accident, no operator’s license, and possession of marijuana.

The investigation found that the 14-year-old was driving a stolen Chevrolet Cruze when it hit 59-year-old Donna Purcell on Saturday, Feb. 27 as she was walking in a crosswalk on South Broadway. The suspect fled the scene in the car, which was found the next day.

The teen also faces charges of receiving stolen property and theft – receipt of a stolen credit card in connection with this case.

Police did not release the suspect’s name because he is a minor.

The suspect is in the Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Now neighbors in the West High Street area are working once again to get some sort of traffic control device or camera system on the street.

“Something really needs to be done before there’s more senseless tragedy,” said Fran Taylor, VP of the Neighborhood Association.

Fran Taylor moved into her home on West High Street in 1993.

“Every time you put the trash out, you’re just kind of on high alert. There’s just something about people getting past Rupp Arena, people see that long stretch of road and they just floor it.”

Since then, Taylor’s seen numerous car wrecks, even fatal ones, at this intersection of South Broadway and West High Street. And last Saturday was no different when Purcell was killed.

“I was baffled by how anyone could have done that.”

Taylor and her Neighborhood Association had already been working for years to get some sort of traffic control device, or camera system at the intersection. Now they’re more inspired in their fight than ever. Taylor says they’ve been working closely with their City Councilmembers, Hannah LeGris and Josh McCurn, as well.

She says one issue they’ve encountered is that certain control devices aren’t allowed on that street classification.

“We have a whole new generation of neighbors with small children now. And they will be crossing the road regularly.”

Taylor says a need for some sort of traffic calming device will especially be needed once Town Branch Park opens and foot traffic increases, as well.

Purcell was hit while walking where she thought she would be safe. Leaving Taylor and her neighbors on high alert until something is done on their street.

We did reach out to a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet representative, who is working to figure out if this specific street and traffic control devices on it would be handled by the state or the city.

We also reached out to the Lexington Police Department with the same inquiry, but as of Saturday night, had not heard back yet.

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