Truck drivers could provide clues in weekend shooting death of Tommy Ballard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The entire fleet of 86 trucks at Hill Transportation is equipped with high-quality dash cams that capture video of everything the driver can see.

“If there is a sudden movement, it’ll alert the driver with a flashing light that there’s been an event,” said William Hill, president of the Louisville company.

Hill is also the chairman of the Kentucky Trucking Association.

The organization issued an alert Monday to its more than 10,000 drivers after Kentucky State Police asked for information from the public about the mysterious shooting death of Tommy Ballard, the father of missing Bardstown woman Crystal Rogers.

“A lot of trucking companies nowadays have active dash cams, much like police cars do,” said Trooper Jeff Gregory with Kentucky State Police. “We’re asking them if they can review their footage and see if there’s anything out of the ordinary in that location. We’d love to see it and love to know about it.”

Ballard was shot in the chest Saturday morning while out hunting with his grandson on his family’s property in Nelson County. Investigators say Ballard’s grandson did not pull the trigger, but they will not comment on whether this is believed to be an accidental shooting or a murder.

The shooting scene is near the Bluegrass Parkway. KSP wants to speak with drivers -- especially truck drivers with dash cams --  who might have witnessed a suspicious person or car between mile markers 21 and 25 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

“We can pull up any kind of information on where our trucks were, what time they were there,” Hill said. “Our cameras will hold video footage for up to 45 days.”

Detectives hope dash cam video collected could provide answers to the questions surrounding Ballard’s death -- was it an accident or a murder? And is the shooting somehow tied to the July 2015 disappearance of Ballard’s daughter?

“If we had something that could help State Police find some resolution, we want to be a part of it,” Hill said.

Anyone with information on Ballard’s death is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at (270) 766-5078.

Visitations for Ballard will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to  8 p.m. Wednesday, and after 9 a.m. Friday at Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home.

His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral.

Ballard will be buried at St. Thomas Cemetery.

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