Scott County

19-year-old pleads guilty to charges in Scott County hit-and-run in front of victim’s home

Matthew Putty appeared in Scott District Court in 2017. Putty and Benjamin W. Ross were indicted on charges related to a fatal hit-and-run that killed 46-year-old Don Savage.
Matthew Putty appeared in Scott District Court in 2017. Putty and Benjamin W. Ross were indicted on charges related to a fatal hit-and-run that killed 46-year-old Don Savage. Lexington Herald-Leader

A Scott County man pleaded guilty Friday for his role in a 2017 fatal hit-and-run of a resident who walked into a road, presumably to confront two teens.

Matthew Taylor Putty, 19, of Georgetown pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and evidence tampering.

Putty, who was scheduled to go to trial Nov. 29, had no plea agreement with Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Keith Eardley.

“We didn’t make an offer,” Eardley said. “He just came in and pleaded guilty and threw himself at the mercy of the court.”

Co-defendant Benjamin W. Ross, 19, of Georgetown, has a trial scheduled for Jan. 24. Ross is charged with reckless homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a Feb. 19, 2017, hit-and-run accident on Sabin Drive in Scott County that killed 46-year-old Donald Savage.

On the day the two were arrested, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said his office had received complaints about two teens driving on four wheelers in the area where Savage was killed.

Hampton said Savage walked out onto the road, presumably to confront the suspects, and was struck and killed in front of his home. Hampton said the suspects were allegedly in a silver GMC truck, but their accounts of who drove the vehicle were inconsistent.

The indictment said Ross was the driver who caused the death by striking Savage “with a motor vehicle.”

Furthermore, the indictment said Ross and Putty “failed to stop and ascertain the extent of injury” to Savage.

Putty was charged with tampering with evidence because “he unlawfully altered the truck used in the crime by removing decals, tailgate and the driver’s side headlight with the intent to impair its verity,” the indictment said.

Scott Circuit Judge Brian Privett scheduled Putty’s sentencing for Feb. 1.

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