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Police searching for vehicle that hit 2-year-old

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Child sedated, stable

By Randy Patrick

A 2-year-old boy who was riding a scooter on Dixie Lane Monday evening was injured in a hit-and-run accident.

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Police and sheriff’s deputies were still looking for the dark vehicle and its driver Tuesday afternoon.

Dispatchers received the call at 6:40 p.m. from 4007 Dixie Lane, off Old Nazareth Road just north of Bardstown.

Nelson County EMS responded, but the call was canceled because a family member took the child to Flaget Memorial Hospital before the ambulance could get there. The victim was later transferred to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

According to Sheriff Ed Mattingly, the boy suffered a skull fracture and internal injuries. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was sedated and in stable condition.

Bardstown Police Officer Tom Blair responded to assist the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office because he was closer to the scene. At the time, Blair could say only that someone had struck a little boy, and that officers were looking for the vehicle and driver.

While Blair used orange spray paint to mark the location of the scooter and a tiny pair of shoes found on the pavement in front of 4009 Dixie Lane, Sheriff’s Deputies Jerry Hardin and Joedy Gilliland and Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Brown drove around the neighborhood and went door to door, asking residents if they had seen anything.

Some residents who were standing in the yard at 4009, where Blair was talking to a woman who was holding a baby, said they did not see the accident.

Hardin is the officer investigating the case.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle and its operator. Anyone with information can call the office at (502) 348-1840.