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Lexington Police Focus On 2 Accidents Involving Pedestrians Hit By Vehicles

Posted at 7:10 AM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 08:03:40-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington police are starting the new year focusing on two separate accidents involving pedestrians hit by vehicles.

While police investigate a non-fatal accident Thursday night near the Scott County line, officials also have released a new video in the hope of finding two people involved in a fatal hit-and-run months ago on North Limestone.

The surveillance video shows the two people who police say were in a light colored Kia Spectra that hit and killed 47-year-old John Oliver on Oct. 20.

Oliver was standing next to a bicycle on North Limestone when he was hit.

The video shows the two people get out of the car, but neither called for help and they left before police arrived.

Investigators are hoping someone will recognize the people and call police.

And on Thursday night, police were called to the intersection of Georgetown and Lisle Roads near the Scott County line, where a man was hit by a vehicle.

Officials tell LEX 18 that the man was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Police said they were not sure why the man apparently was in the roadway.

“No crosswalk right here. It’s not an area where we typically have pedestrians walking,” said Lt. Nate Muller. “That will be part of the investigation, is to try to determine what brought the gentleman out here at this time of night.”

Lexington recorded nine pedestrian deaths in 2017, but that number rose to 14 in 2018.

The city has a pedestrian safety ordinance and recently lowered the speed limits on 11 streets.

Lexington’s “Safe Streets” initiative aims to make the city safe for pedestrians and drivers.