UPDATE: KSP issues press release:
(Columbia, KY) – Tpr. Levi Scott is investigating a collision that occurred Sunday at 1:18 AM CST at the 9800 block of KY 80 east of Columbia in Adair County. 53-year-old Rickie L. Collins. of Powell, TN, was operating a westbound 2007 Dodge Caravan when he drove over a hill crest and struck a pedestrian in the westbound lane. 27-year-old Tyler L. Brower. of Somerset, KY, was walking in the roadway and struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Adair County Coroner’s office. It is believed that Brower was walking in an attempt to return to the home of a friend that lived within 1/2 mile of the collision site.
Collins was belted and was treated and released at Westlake Hospital. Tpr. Scott was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff”s Dept, EMS and the Russell County Sheriff’s Dept. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville. The collision remains under investigation.
UPDATE: The pedestrian who died in Adair County early Monday morning has been identified as 27-year-old Tyler Brower of Russell Springs.
ORIGINAL REPORT (Sunday, 9 a.m.):
Local emergency services were called to Russell Road several miles out of Columbia just after 1 a.m. Sunday after a man walking in the roadway was struck by a car and died.
A motorist called 911 and reported that a man had been hit and was believed to be dead. After emergency services responded to the scene, the coroner’s office was called.
EMS transported a 53-year-old male to Westlake Regional Hospital who had been the driver of the vehicle. The driver was transported after being traumatized from the accident and suffering from high blood pressure. He also had minor cuts from broken glass.
Hwy. 80 was closed for several hours following the accident. The accident happened at a dangerous spot in Hwy. 80 where a rise in the roadway limited visibility.
Emergency Services have not released the names of the parties involved in the accident at this point but the victim is believed to be a Russell County resident.
Kentucky State Police, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Adair EMS and the coroner’s office responded to the scene.