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Four-year-old hit by car on Cooper Drive during football game; UK student charged with DUI

Jacob Heil
Jacob Heil

A four-year old boy was hit by a car during the University of Kentucky football game on Saturday afternoon, and a UK student was charged with DUI in the crash.

Lexington police Sgt. Stephen Yoder said the child was taken to UK Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries. No updates were available regarding his condition as of 10 p.m. Saturday.

The car’s driver, identified by police as 18-year-old Jacob R. Heil, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Heil is registered as a first-year student at UK, university spokesman Jay Blanton said.

The child was hit about 2 p.m. while he and his family were waiting to cross Cooper Drive near Scoville Drive, police said.

Lexington police said in a news release that Heil was driving a silver passenger car east on Cooper when the collision occurred. Yoder said the car might have “veered off the road a little bit.”

Yoder said no one else was injured.

Game-goer Bryce Howard of Richmond left the game early and was near Cooper when he heard what sounded like a gunshot.

“We saw this little boy on the ground, and people were already gathered around trying to help,” he said.

Lexington police are still investigating. They asked that anyone who witnessed the crash contact them at 859-258-3600.

The UK Student Government Association said in a tweet Saturday night that it will “be looking into solutions for transportation and other safety issues associated with game days.”

Cooper Drive was shut down to all post-University of Kentucky football game traffic after the collision.

Heil went to Dunbar High School and played on the soccer team there, soccer Coach Todd Bretz confirmed. Heil played as a defender during his senior year and was an honorable mention for the 2017 All-City soccer team.

“The Dunbar soccer family is praying for the boy’s family and all parties involved,” Bretz said.

Herald-Leader reporter Josh Moore contributed to this article.