Lexingtonian Cheryl Gillenwater, who was seriously injured Friday when a car struck her while walking in Jamaica — an accident that left her boyfriend, local businessman Roy Anthony Stout, dead — was flown back to Lexington Sunday morning and hospitalized.
Jerry Stout, Roy Stout's brother, said Gillenwater was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after arriving at Blue Grass Airport about 7 a.m. Later Sunday she was awake and alert and being prepped for surgery, he said, adding Gillenwater, a surgical nurse at St. Joseph East Hospital, faces "no telling how many operations."
Stout said Gillenwater's family praised his brother for saving her life. A witness said Roy Stout shoved Gillenwater just before the car struck them while they were walking in the resort area of Negril, he said.
Gillenwater's family saved her life a second time by getting her out of Jamaica as soon as possible, Jerry Stout said, referring to the conditions at a Jamaican hospital where she was taken.
He said he was told that the driver of the car has been jailed on vehicular manslaughter charges.
Roy Stout, 57, was the well-known co-owner of Stout Printing in Lexington.
Jerry Stout said funeral arrangements for his brother had not been made. He said Jamaican authorities told him a post-mortem examination would be conducted on Monday, and the body would be sent to Lexington no earlier than Thursday.