Scott County

Georgetown man faces several charges after a fatal hit-and-run

GEORGETOWN — A Georgetown man faces several charges in connection with a hit-and-run collision that resulted in the death of David Bell, who was walking along the side of a Scott County road.

Bennie Earl Vanderpool, 44, was initially charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of an accident, operating on a suspended driver's license and failure to maintain insurance, said Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton.

Vanderpool, who was accompanied by a lawyer when he turned himself in, was being questioned Wednesday afternoon.

Hampton wouldn't speculate on other possible charges related to the death of Bell, 20, of Georgetown. Hampton said the case will be presented to a Scott County grand jury.

Bell was hit shortly after 4 a.m. Monday and died Tuesday afternoon at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, said Capt. Jearl Porter of the sheriff's office.

Bell was struck as he and a Leggett & Platt co-worker walked along U.S. 25 north of Georgetown, Porter said.

The collision happened as Vanderpool, driving his pickup truck north, tried to pass a slow-moving vehicle, Hampton said. Bell was walking north on the southbound side of the road, Hampton said.

Police say Vanderpool stopped near the scene, at Pinehurst Drive, and abandoned the pickup, which the sheriff's office took into custody.

Vanderpool "was scared, realized he'd hit someone, panicked and left the scene," Hampton said.

The sheriff's office had been looking for Vanderpool since the accident, and eventually authorities were able to contact relatives who convinced Vanderpool to turn himself in.