Scott County

Lexington man dies after being hit by vehicle during Horsey Hundred cycling event; driver is arrested

Mark Hinkel
Mark Hinkel

A Lexington man died after being hit by a vehicle while participating in the Horsey Hundred cycling event Saturday afternoon in Scott County, and the driver who hit him was arrested.

The cyclist, identified by the Fayette County coroner's office as Mark Hinkel, 57, was at mile 99 of the 102-mile Century ride when he was hit, said Pam Thomas, event director.

Georgetown Police Captain Robert Swanigan said Hinkel was westbound when he was hit head-on by an oncoming pickup truck on Lemons Mill Road at 3:39 p.m. Swanigan said the truck had gone off the right side of the road, then crossed both lanes and hit Hinkel.

Other cyclists were riding with Hinkel and saw the crash occur, he said.

"The cyclist actually came to rest in the bed of the pickup," Swanigan said.

He said the truck driver, Odilon Paz-Salvador, continued down Lemons Mill and turned right onto Lisle Road, where a sheriff's deputy saw Hinkel in the truck bed and pursued. Paz-Salvador pulled over at Spindletop mobile home park, Swanigan said.

Hinkel was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m., according to the coroner's office.

Paz-Salvador, 29, of Georgetown, was taken to the Scott County Detention Center. By Saturday night, he had been charged with murder, driving under the influence, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing and evading, jail officials said.

Hinkel, an attorney, was a partner at Landrum & Shouse LLP.

Kathy Stein said she and Hinkel graduated from the UK College of Law together in 1983.

The Horsey Hundred, sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club, includes several rides of various lengths, including the Century ride, which is the longest.

Thomas said about 2,500 cyclists from throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries are participating in this year's event. She said this is the first time a fatality has occurred during the event's 38 years.

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