Fayette County

Pedestrian hit by Jeep dies

A pedestrian crossing South Broadway near Red Mile during a rainstorm Wednesday morning died after he was struck by a Jeep, Lexington police say.

Investigators did not release the pedestrian's name. His identity will be released later by the Fayette County Coroner's Office after relatives have been notified.

The man was struck while walking across South Broadway toward Rally's restaurant about 7 a.m. He was not within a painted crosswalk, Lexington police Sgt. Paul Simms said.

Police say the driver, whose name has not been released, had the right-of-way, and charges are not expected against her. She was not injured.

"He was in a place that most people wouldn't expect to see a pedestrian," Simms said.

The driver, who was headed to work at Saint Joseph Hospital, was traveling south on South Broadway, Simms said.

The woman told police she didn't see the man until it was too late, and she stepped on her brakes immediately, Simms said. The Jeep stopped near American Avenue.

The wreck smashed the front of the Jeep. The man was hit on his left side and had several injuries, including a broken leg and severe chest and head injuries, Simms said.

The woman returned to the scene of the wreck as Lexington police's Collision Reconstruction Unit worked a few hours after the accident.

The jeep was later towed by Bluegrass Towing Service.

Simms said it does not appear that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. The woman agreed to a blood test, but results will likely not be available for weeks. Simms said the rainy weather, and darkness, were probably significant factors.

Lexington police believe the woman was traveling at, or below, the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour, and the traffic light was green.

"Right now, we just don't see any criminal culpability unless some things change down the road," Simms said.

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