Police re-create scene where Lexington officer died

Hit-and-run case goes to trial next month

jhewlett@herald-leader.comMay 27, 2011 

Parts of North Limestone and Alabama Avenue were blocked for hours Thursday afternoon as accident reconstructionists tried to re-create the scene where a vehicle hit and killed Lexington police Officer Bryan Durman last year.

Flatbed trucks brought in the green Chevrolet Tahoe that authorities said Durman was standing near when he was struck, and the maroon and tan Tahoe that police say struck him. Officers also positioned a red Pontiac sedan with a Georgia license plate that apparently was parked in front of the green Tahoe when Durman was hit.

Lexington police and state police officers photographed the vehicles; crawled under the maroon and tan Tahoe, which has a large dent and a headlight missing on the driver's side; and spray-painted an orange line on the pavement beside the green Tahoe. Later, officers pushed the maroon and tan vehicle toward the green vehicle. Most of their attention seemed to be directed at the green Tahoe, which has a banged up front passenger door that is missing its inside panel. Officers brought the panel to the site in a box.

Glenn Doneghy, 34, owned the maroon and tan Tahoe. Police say that the vehicle hit Durman on April 29, 2010, and that Doneghy was driving it. Police have said Durman was investigating a noise complaint when he was struck. Doneghy is charged with murder in Durman's death; his trial is set to begin June 13 in Fayette Circuit Court.

Lexington police Lt. James Curless, who was at the scene, said police were trying to "gain clarity and understanding of the event as it unfolded as best we can."

Looking on as the scene was being reconstructed were Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lori Boling and defense attorneys Kate Dunn, Gayle Slaughter and Sally Wasielewski, who brought along a videographer.

The prosecutors would not comment about the reconstruction.

"We're here to protect the interest of our client," Dunn said. "The commonwealth's attorney announced on Tuesday in court that this was going to take place on Thursday. We wish we could have had earlier notification so that our accident reconstructionist could have been present."

Dunn said the defense's reconstructionist — Sonny Cease, a former Kentucky State Police trooper who reconstructed the scene of the May 14, 1988, bus crash near Carrollton in which 27 people died — had another obligation.

Reach Jennifer Hewlett at (859) 231-3308 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3308.

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