A Madison County man was in critical condition Wednesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after being struck late Monday while walking along a rural road.
Robert Jackson, 68, was struck by a pickup truck at 11:58 p.m. Monday on Ky. 21 near Berea, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Zachary Lainhart, 26, was driving home from work when he struck Jackson, Deputy Sheriff Willard Reardon said Wednesday.
"He (Lainhart) said that the next thing he knew, he (Jackson) was out in front of him," Reardon said. "He said that by the time he hit the brakes, it was too late."
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Reardon said that stretch of road is narrow, wooded and dark at night. It runs from downtown Berea east to the Bighill community.
Investigators haven't been able to talk with Jackson and aren't sure why he was out walking along the road late at night, Reardon said.
Both Jackson and Lainhart live nearby, according to police.
The sheriff's department said an investigation was continuing, including efforts to determine whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
Reardon said that at this point, it's unlikely that charges will be filed.