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Man accused in fatal hit-and-run crash in Bullitt County appears in court

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A mother vows to be at every court proceeding for the man accused of killing her son in a hit-and-run crash. 

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, 38-year-old Bradley Cannon was arraigned in Bullitt Count District Court on Monday through a video monitor from jail. 

Cannon is accused of hitting and killing 19-year-old Robert Pace on Saturday night as Pace was crossing Preston Highway in Hillview. Police say Cannon drove off and abandoned his truck nearby. He turned himself in to police Sunday.

Pace's mother came to court for the arraignment but was disappointed Cannon, was not in court in person.

"As a parent, it's my responsibility to get justice for Robert," Melissa Kaufman said through tears. "I just wanted (Cannon) to see me, with my son's picture, of an innocent child that he killed and ran away from."

Cannon is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid, tampering with evidence and wanton endangerment. Cannon also had an active warrant for possession of meth at the time of the crash. 

His bond was set at $1 million cash. He will be appointed a public defender and was ordered to have no contact with the victim's family. 

Pace's mom says she'll be at every court appearance for Cannon.

"I will fight tooth and nail, you know, for Robert," Kaufman said.

Cannon is due back in court at 10 a.m. on March 15.

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