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Columbia Man Dies After Alleged Hit-Run Crash

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COLUMBIA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police say a 71-year-old man has died after an alleged hit-and-run crash.

Danny Helm died of injuries sustained in the Friday night crash on Kentucky Highway 80 near Rutledge Road, police said. Helm was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Hospital.

Kentucky State Police say James Burris, 28, of Columbia was driving a 2000 Freightliner semi eastbound on KY-80 when he crossed into incoming traffic, striking a 2004 Ford driven by Helm.

Police say Helm, who was wearing a seat belt, was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Burris, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to T.J. Health Hospital in Columbia.

Police arrested Burris and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident. He was being held in the Adair County Jail.

Police say the investigation into the case is ongoing.

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