The McCreary County sheriff's office is investigating the hit-and-run accident Sunday night that left a young woman with major injuries.
Kylie Ball was leaving her job at Milton's Burger Hut in Whitley City, having a cellphone conversation with her mother on the way out. She spotted a group of kittens in the middle of Beulah Heights Road off U.S. 27, and investigators suspect that she was trying to rescue them when she was struck by a vehicle, McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters said. The driver did not stop to assist Ball.
As part of the investigation, Waters said he plans to subpoena local cellphone towers to retrieve call records, and he plans to look at video surveillance from a security camera of one of the houses near the area where Ball was struck.
Ball was listed in serious condition Wednesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. She has a broken bone in her neck, all of her right-side ribs are broken and her spleen was removed, Waters said. Ball is in her 20s, but the sheriff didn't have an exact age.
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Waters said Ball's family has offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest, and residents have been collecting donations to help pay her medical expenses.
Waters did not have a vehicle description.