Scott County

Police: Cold beer found in cup holder of truck that killed cyclist

Tire marks could be seen at the site where Mark Hinkel, bottom, was struck by a truck allegedly driven by Odilon Paz-Salvador, top. Hinkel was hit while participating in the Horsey Hundred cycling event in May 2015 in Scott County.
Tire marks could be seen at the site where Mark Hinkel, bottom, was struck by a truck allegedly driven by Odilon Paz-Salvador, top. Hinkel was hit while participating in the Horsey Hundred cycling event in May 2015 in Scott County.

Police found a "cold beer in the cup holder" of the truck that killed Lexington lawyer Mark Hinkel during the Horsey Hundred cycling event.

Odilon Paz-Salvador told the arresting officer he had drunk six beers and smoked marijuana before the fatal crash Saturday at 1235 Lemons Mill Road, according to the police report.

Hinkel, 57, was struck head-on and hit the windshield of the black Dodge truck driven by Paz-Salvador. The impact, according to the police report, left "a huge hole" in the windshield. Hinkel landed, bleeding but alive, on the bed liner of the truck.

Paz-Salvador, who doesn't have a driver's license or a Social Security number, drove nearly three miles with Hinkel in his truck.

He was stopped by Georgetown police after a patrol officer saw a man in the back of the truck "wearing reflective clothing."

Paz-Salvador was stopped at 57 Reno Drive inside the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park shortly after the crash at 3:30 p.m. He refused a breathalyzer, and blood was drawn after a warrant was issued. The results are not yet available.

Hinkel was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m. at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Glen Worrell and his wife, Elizabeth, said they were riding in the right lane of Lemons Mill Road and less than six feet away from Hinkel when the collision happened.

They saw "a large black pickup truck" coming toward them, Glen said.

"I was forced to make quick a decision, because if I didn't do anything, it looked like we're going to get hit," he said. "I basically have an image of a, more or less, an explosion in front of a truck with stuff just flying."

Elizabeth didn't see the crash but said she heard a loud noise. The truck missed Glen and Elizabeth by less than a foot.

Paz-Salvador, 29, was being held in the Scott County jail. He's charged with murder, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and failure to render aid.

Hinkel, who was married to Mary Lynn Minton Hinkel for 35 years, was a graduate of the University of Kentucky Law School. He was a partner at the Lexington law firm Landrum & Shouse LLP. A father and grandfather, Hinkel also was athletic director at Christ the King School.

The Rev. Gino Donatelli, acting pastor of Cathedral of Christ the King, spoke with the Hinkel family Sunday and Monday.

"They're in shock," Donatelli said. "He (Mark Hinkel) left that morning, he said 'goodbye' to his wife, gave her a kiss. It was another day on the weekend. And they got that call. It's always traumatic. ... They're struggling, but their faith is good."

Hinkel was killed during the Horsey Hundred, sponsored by Bluegrass Cycling Club. The event, which attracted 2,500 riders, has been held for 38 years in Scott, Fayette, Franklin and Woodford counties.

Milward Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. There will be a service for Hinkel at Cathedral of Christ the King, 200 Colony Blvd., at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Milward, 1509 Trent Boulevard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mark J. Hinkel Fund, Lexington Catholic High School, 2250 Clays Mill Road, Lexington, K. 40503, or Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, 1300 Sports Center Drive, Lexington, Ky. 40502.

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