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LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WDRB) -- A man died just more than two weeks after being struck in a hit-and-run in West Louisville. 31-year-old Chad McQuilling died after fighting for his life for weeks.
On Sept. 12, he was heading home with his girlfriend Chanel Coddington and her daughter when they ran out of gas. Family attorney Grant Axon said they had just entered I-64 at the 9th street ramp in downtown Louisville when he realized he had a problem.
"Unfortunately his gas meter was not working and he ran out of gas. He went over to the side, was refilling his gas tank, was struck and he was thrown from the scene," said Axon.
According to the accident report, a Jeffersonville man was involved in the hit-and-run.
"The individual that struck him stopped briefly down the road and then left the scene," Axon said.
Police say they believe they know who is to blame, but have not filed charges against that person at this time. They say they are consulting with the commonwealth's attorneys office on determining the appropriate charges. The family's attorney says right now they are grieving.
"You know, certainly they have number of emotions and concerns right now most importantly being the loss of their son," Axon said.
He says McQuilling's medical bills alone exceeded $1 million and they are trying to help cover some of those costs.
"We are now in the process of trying to setup of fund to help assist the family with funeral expenses," McQuilling said.
But in the meantime, their lives must go on without him.
"What happens with the individual that struck him that will be handled through the legal process," Axon said.
"For the family, there's no replacement for Chad. It will be just a process that goes on."
Axon said right now they are working to get a fund established at Republic Bank in Jeffersontown. Visitation will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Arch L. Heady on Oak Street. Axon said the family made the decision to cremate McQuilling.