Details emerge in downtown hit-and-run pedestrian death
Witness says of WHAS TV reporter: "As everybody surrounded us, he just got back in his truck” and left.
Thursday, April 9th 2015, 1:44 pm EDT by
Thursday, April 9th 2015, 5:16 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After striking a pedestrian in a downtown Louisville crosswalk, a sports anchor in a WHAS TV News truck got out of his vehicle as a crowd started to form, briefly surveyed the scene and left, according to witnesses.
“I told him, hey, you hit her too; you ran over her too,” Matthew Good, a tow truck driver who had first hit the woman told police. “As everybody surrounded us, he just got back in his (truck) and left.”
Fontaine Jeffrey, 58, died of multiple injuries after being struck by Good and reporter Jeffrey Woods, according to evidence released this week in a criminal case filed against Woods, who has been indicted on one count of failure to stop and render aid, a class D felony.
Investigators found human blood on all four tires of the WHAS TV News truck, according to the evidence. Woods did not give a formal statement to police. His news director, David Seals, called police after the accident and said “the vehicle we were looking for (is) at their TV station,” according to the court records.
Aaron Silletto, a defense attorney representing Woods, said he has not seen the evidence yet and declined to comment on it.
However, he said Woods "maintains his innocence and we look forward to the truth coming out."
Good told Louisville Metro Police on Jan. 23, that he never saw Jeffrey before hitting a bump on his right rear tire. He got out of his vehicle and saw he hit Jeffrey, pulled over and then saw the WHAS vehicle hit her and stop.
Good said the driver of the WHAS truck got out of his vehicle, as a crowd started to form, and looked at Jeffrey before leaving.
“The guy in the WHAS Explorer took off,” he said. Woods, who has pleaded not guilty, did not make any “incriminating statements” to police, according to the court records.
Good said he tried to get the license plate number on the vehicle and called police.
“It was the worst experience of my life,” he said.
A witness to the accident, Frederick Riley, a Chicago resident, said he was leaving a downtown restaurant with a co-worker when he saw Fontaine lying in the street.
Riley said he heard a man from a news truck say that he had also run over Jeffrey.
Last week, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against WHAS TV News, Woods, Good and his tow truck company, claiming, in part, that Good was out of control when he
The lawsuit claims Woods hit Jeffrey, “dragging her several feet down Jefferson Street,” stopped his vehicle, got out and “without rendering aid,” got back in his news vehicle and “fled the scene of the accident.”
Woods' actions were “unconscionable, outrageous, repugnant, and violated human decency,” according to the lawsuit, filed by attorney Aubrey Williams.
WHAS 11 President and General Manager Linda Danna asked a reporter to e-mail questions to her earlier this week. An email response read, "I do not have a comment."
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.
Good has not been charged. Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for Louisville Metro Police, said Good remained at the scene and no charges are expected. The police report cites "inattention" by Good as one of the factors involved in the accident.
A message left for the owner of Dave's Towing Service and Good earlier this week has not been returned.
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