BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Along a busy Kentucky Highway 259 South, Denny Childers was doing some work in her home office Saturday around noon when she looked out the window.
“I started seeing all the vehicles slowing down and then emergency vehicles come, and I knew instantly,” said Childers, who’s lost both a dog and a mailbox due to drivers on the highway. “I just thought it was another dog. I didn’t know it was a baby.”
She'll never forget what she saw.
“His shoes were thrown off of him, and he was left lying there like a dog in the street,” said Childers.
Troopers say a little boy -- who's been identified as 8-year-old Jack Voyles -- had walked across the street from a neighboring home around 11:31 a.m. Central Time to get the mail, and they believe he was standing on the edge of the road when he was hit and killed by a driver of a Pontiac Torrent who didn't stop.
“All of us troopers and police officers and deputies, I mean especially us that are parents, it’s extremely hard to work these cases,” said Trooper Scotty Sharp.
Sharp says some luck must have on Kentucky State Police's side, since a trooper on his way to the scene spotted the car responsible, based on a vehicle description called in by eyewitnesses. As a result, 35-year-old Bradley Mattingly, of Leitchfield, was arrested, charged with the leaving the scene of an accident and reckless homicide, and jailed at the Breckinridge County Detention Center.
Meanwhile, neighbor Childers is just about at her wit's end.
“We have all almost been hit hundreds of times,” she said.
She says she's already complained 50 times about the dangerous highway she compares to the Indianapolis 500, but she'll be calling again Monday.
“I have an entire list of phone numbers that I am calling from the governor down to the state representatives, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul,” said Childers.
She says this time, it wasn't a mailbox. It wasn't a dog. It was something more precious.
Trooper Sharp says the investigation is still ongoing, and more charges could be filed. Sharp says investigators will also test Mattingly’s blood to determine if he was impaired in any way at the time of the incident.
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