Elizabethtown Police looking for vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Elizabethtown Police is searching for a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Police say an Elizabethtown man was killed after being hit by two cars. Emergency crews responded the scene on Monday just after 9 p.m. in the 700 block of East Dixie Avenue.

Officials say a vehicle traveling north hit the victim, who has been identified as 39-year-old James Dore. He was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, where died.

"I looked up, and I seen all these police cars and ambulance and fire trucks and I was like, 'oh my goodness,'" said Janis Denney, who was working at a nearby retail store Monday night when the accident happened.

"Somebody come in and said there was an accident," she said. "Fifteen minutes later, I realized that somebody had gotten hit."

Police say Dore was crossing the street near the intersection of East Dixie Avenue and Hogenville Road.

"After that initial collision, Mr. Dore landed in the southbound lanes and was apparently struck by a second vehicle," said Elizabethtown Police Officer John Thomas.

Thomas said that second vehicle is still missing but hopes to find the driver soon.

"At this point, we don't have any reason to believe that there was any criminal intent," he said. "It is not outside the realm of possibility that the driver of the second vehicle was not aware of what he had struck. We're still trying to determine what he was doing in the road. We know that he lives nearby in that area, and he had apparently been at a local retailer."

Denney didn't know the victim, but she still hopes police are able to identify that second car and driver soon.

"Not that they did anything wrong, because they didn't," she said. "It was a freak act of nature, I guess," said Denney.

Investigators have limited information about the second vehicle and hope the public can help. The driver is strongly encouraged to come forward and cooperate with the investigation.

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