Fayette County

Updated | SUV hits pedestrian on Russell Cave

A pedestrian is in critical condition at University of Kentucky Hospital after being hit by a small SUV around 6 p.m., authorities said.

Cromwell K. Moberly, 49, was crossing Russell Cave Road against the light at Radcliffe Road when he was hit by a 2005 Kia Sportage. Norma G. Thomas, 64, the driver of the SUV, was traveling in-bound on the right lane of Russel Cave Road when she hit Moberly, Lexington police said.

The man was knocked airborne into the left inbound lane and was dragged into the middle of the intersection after being hit by a 1998 Pontiac Transport that had swerved to avoid the SUV, police said.

The driver of the Pontiac, Manuel Nolasco-Gomez, 30, initially stopped and then fled the scene. He returned in another vehicle soon after, but police later found his vehicle on Alexandria Drive. Nolasco-Gomez was cited for lack of proper driver's license and registration, police said.

After surgery, Moberly was in critical condition about 11:45 p.m., a UK hospital spokeswoman said.

There were no other injuries reported.

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