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Local sports anchor pleads not guilty after allegation that he failed to help victim after accident

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local sports anchor faced a judge Monday afternoon, after he was accused of failing to help a pedestrian who was hit by two vehicles. That pedestrian later died.

Jeff Woods is a WHAS 11 news employee. He was indicted last week. Today, Woods was silent before the judge.

His attorney spoke on his behalf and pleaded not guilty to a charge of failure to stop and render aid.

This comes after Woods was indicted in connection with the death of 58-year-old Fontaine Jeffery, who was hit when she fell down in a downtown Louisville crosswalk in January.

Failure to stop and render aid is a class D felony because the traffic incident involved a death. He was not behind bars and the judge released him on his own recognizance.

Woods works at WHAS 11 as the station's weekend sports anchor, but has not been on the air since the night of the incident.

Jeffery was leaving the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville where she worked, and was in the crosswalk at the corner of Second Street and Jefferson Street when she fell.

Police say she was then hit by two vehicles, and one of them was driven by Woods, who did not stop at the scene.

Jeffery was transported to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead due to blunt force trauma.

The WHAS 11 President and General Manager Linda Danna sent a statement to WDRB Friday night, which read: "We've cooperated with the investigation from the beginning and will let the judicial process run its course."

If convicted, Woods faces 1-5 years in prison.

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