Hit-and-run victim offering $5K reward to find driver who struck him

Posted By Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The victim of a hit and run is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or the persons responsible.

Ashton Lockhart is angry, frustrated and confined to a wheelchair after being hit in September by someone who kept on driving.

It happened on Sept. 13, just after 1:30 a.m. That's when Lockhart says he was walking along St. Matthews Avenue dropped his cell phone while on his way home from a nearby restaurant.

The last thing he remembers is bending over to pick up the phone. Then he blacked out.

Detective Harvey Hunt describes what happened after next.

"A short time thereafter a vehicle that is described as a 2001, 2002 gold Nissan Altima, was driving northbound on St. Matthews Avenue, struck Mr. Lockhart, ran over him, and continued northbound on St. Matthews Avenue," Hunt said. "They didn't stop to render aid or to check on him."

Lockhart says whoever hit him has changed his life.

"I'm going to have to learn how to walk again," Lockhart said. "It's affected my job. It's affected my relationship with my 2-year-old daughter - we usually run every day. I can't run any more. I'm wheelchair-bound, so it's affected me in many ways."

Lockhart spent two weeks in the hospital, but his recovery is far from over. In addition to a leg injury, he also suffered a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, a broken nose, and a lacerated liver.

Again, St. Matthews police believe the car that struck Lockhart was a gold 2001 or 2002 Nissan Altima.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to contact Detective Harvey Hunt or St. Matthews Police at 502-893-9000.

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