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Family of 64-year-old killed in hit-and-run accident speaks out

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A night time stroll ended with a 64-year-old man dead in a hit-and-run and a teenage driver behind bars.

The victim's family spoke out on Monday, even as the public learned more about the surprising call that led to the teen's arrest.

"I have very fond memories of him as a child," said Elaine Prince. "Always buying Christmas presents for us and being present at the holidays."

But this year, Prince says her family holiday will be tarnished by a new void. It marks the first without her uncle, Junior Lee Montgomery. 

"Junior was a very kind and loving soul," she said.

Montgomery was the victim in Saturday night's hit-and-run in Jeffersonville. Police say the 64-year-old man was taken down as he walked on Spring Street not far from Hamburg Pike, about a half-mile from his home.

Neighbors from the Sherwood Heights Mobile Home Park tell us Montgomery walked at all hours of the day, in all weather.

"He was a pretty good guy," said neighbor Jake Fanning. "He walked around town a lot -- several trips up and down Hamburg Pike throughout the day."

They were shocked to learn he'd been hit.

"Unfortunately there are people out there who are careless," added neighbor Keith Cochran.

Suspect Brandon Bailey hid his face outside court Monday and declined to comment. His family and lawyer also refused to comment on camera, but off camera, they said the 18-year-old did not hit-and-run far. He called police himself when he got home.

Jeffersonville Police have declined to comment on the investigation, saying detectives are still piecing together exactly what happened. When they figure it out, the charges against this teen could change.

Sherwood Heights residents hope the incident is a wake up call. Many, like Montgomery, do not have transportation and there are few sidewalks in the area.

"People are swerving around people all the time," said Fanning. "At night, you can't hardly see."

"I remember, as a child, him being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army," Prince said.

Prince says the family will still gather this year, but this time, they will have to fill a new void with memories of a loved one lost.

"We are really, truly going to miss him," she said.

Bailey is currently charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

Toxicology reports are pending.

He is due back in court on Wednesday.

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