Mt. Washington woman arrested after fatal hit-and-run accident - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mt. Washington woman arrested after fatal hit-and-run accident

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Kayla Wafford (Source: Montgomery County Jail) Kayla Wafford (Source: Montgomery County Jail)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Mt. Washington woman has been arrested several months after police say she struck a pedestrian, then drove away. That pedestrian later died.

The incident took place on March 12, 2013, near the corner of Bardstown Rd. and Jefferson Ave., according to an arrest warrant.

Police say the pedestrian, 33-year-old Kristopher Caudill, was drunk when he has walking near the intersection. According to the arrest warrant, 29-year-old Kayla Wafford was driving in the area, when she struck him with her vehicle.

Instead of remaining at the scene with Caudill until first responders arrived, police say Wafford drove away, "in order to conceal it and hinder prosecution."

Police say Caudill was taken to University Hospital, where he later died.

Some time later, police say they received a tip that led them to Wafford's vehicle. Officers were able to compare her vehicle with debris left at the scene, and when they interviewed Wafford, she allegedly admitted that she was driving the vehicle at the time it was damaged, giving "multiple versions" of how the damage was caused.

She then allegedly blurted out, "Why would a person be in the roadway anyway?"

Lastly, police say they were able to match paint chips found on the vehicle with chips found on Caudill's jacket.

An arrest warrant was issued for Wafford on Jan. 25, and she was taken into custody later that day by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. She is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to render aid or assistance, as well as tampering with physical evidence, according to an arrest report.

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