Driver falls asleep, hits two pedestrians early Thursday near Cynthiana

gkocher1@herald-leader.comAugust 1, 2013 

A woman and her 12-year-old sister were seriously injured early Thursday when they were struck by a car, Cynthiana police said.

Chelsea Napier, 19, of Cynthiana and her sister were taken by ambulance to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Cynthiana Police Sgt. Wilbur Gross said. Both suffered broken legs and facial cuts, and both were listed in fair condition, he said. Gross did not give the name of the juvenile.

The two had been shopping for back-to-school items at Wal-Mart and were walking along U.S. 27 south when they were struck by a 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Larry Baldwin of Cynthiana, Gross said.

Baldwin was on his way home after working in Georgetown when he dozed off at the wheel, Gross said. Baldwin was awakened by rumble strips on the road shoulder.

"By that time, he was already off the roadway," Gross said.

Baldwin will not face charges, Gross said.

The accident happened at 3:30 a.m. Thursday near the John Hunt Morgan Bridge over the Licking River, just south of downtown Cynthiana.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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