SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police say Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler left the scene of an accident involving a 15-year-old riding a bicycle.
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Troopers say Girdler was driving on South Maple Street when his vehicle collided with the juvenile's bicycle.
Investigators identified the Somerset mayor as the driver, and he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid or assistance.
Girdler spoke with WKYT's Phil Pendleton in a one-on-one interview following the collision, saying he didn't know one had happened, but he came back and cooperated with police.
“There was no indication there was any injury or accident," Girdler said.
The girl was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to Lexington where she is being treated for a liver laceration.
Troopers are still investigating the collision.
Mayor Girdler released a statement on Facebook saying he was not under the influence, saying "you will soon have the facts."
At a regularly scheduled Somerset city council meeting on Monday evening, neither the mayor nor council members brought up the charges against Girdler, but during public comment one woman did obliquely "ask for a special prayer for our town and...for one little girl that may need our prayers."