Scott County

‘A tragic accident.’ Pedestrian killed by driver merging onto I-75 in Scott County.

A pedestrian was killed on Interstate 75 Thursday despite a motorist doing “everything right,” according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

Lexington resident Michael Edwards, 49, died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. It’s not clear why Edwards was walking on the side of the interstate.

The accident happened around 6 a.m. Thursday on the northbound lanes of I-75 near the Scott County-Fayette County line, according to Sgt. Jeremy Johnson.

A man driving to work pulled to the shoulder of the interstate because he was going to be distracted, Johnson said.

When the driver was ready to re-enter the interstate, he looked in his left side mirror and over his shoulder. He then began merging back onto the road when he felt the car hit something, according to Johnson.

“He realized he hit something but he didn’t realize it was a person,” Johnson said.

The driver pulled to the side of the road and was fully cooperative when first responders arrived, according to Johnson.

“The driver did everything right. He looked up, didn’t see any vehicles and began merging back onto the interstate,” Johnson said. “There was low light at the time. It’s just a tragic accident.”