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23-year-old pedestrian hit, killed in La Grange

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By Amanda Manning

 An Oldham County High School graduate was hit and killed in La Grange Saturday night around 11 p.m. while walking on Highway 146.

Oldham County Police say the accident occurred April 27 in the 2700 block of Highway 146, near the entrance to the Kentucky State Reformatory.

Oldham County Central Dispatch first received a phone call that someone was walking on Highway 146 in dark clothing. Highway 146 is an unlit rural road, according to the news release.

Police believe the pedestrian came from the demolition derby, which took place at the Oldham County Fairgrounds that night from 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m, according to a Facebook event page.

Before police could respond, they received a second phone call that the same pedestrian had been struck.

Louisville resident Austin Hanna, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Oldham County Coroner’s office. Hanna is a 2014 graduate of Oldham County High School, where he was a catcher for the baseball team, according to his obituary.

Oldham County Police said they have determined from their investigation that Hanna was walking westbound along the edge of the lane on Highway 146.

According to a statement police took at the scene, he stepped out onto the roadway into the path of a truck where he was struck.

The truck was a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by a juvenile, according to police.

Oldham County Police do not believe speed or alcohol are involved in the accident.

“Quiet and reserved, those closest to Austin were treated to his dry, quick wit and unfailing loyalty,” Hanna’s obituary reads. “Friends could always count on him to help in a crisis.”

A funeral service was held Thursday May 2 at St James Episcopal Church.

If you have any information about this incident, contact Oldham County Police at 222-1300.

 

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