Hit and run suspect expected to take plea deal

Louisville, KY - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 27-year-old man accused of hitting an athlete taking part in a Triathlon last summer will be back in court Friday and is expected to take a plea deal.

Kenneth Yates was charged with murder, DUI, operating a vehicle on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident. Police say he was speeding through E.P. Tom Sawyer during a the cycling portion of the Triathlon around 8 a.m. Aug. 1 when he struck and killed 47-year-old John Carr from Owenton.

"Witnesses say that the vehicle was going at a very high rate of speed and rear-ended the bicyclist killing him there on the scene," LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley said.

While the Carr clung to life, police say the driver continued on for another half a mile. That's where they say an off-duty police officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Chamberlain Lane and Collins Lane with the bicycle still lodged in the body of the vehicle.

"The officer was able to get the driver to come over to the little strip mall where he began questioning him," said Smiley. "The driver was not very cooperative and started resisting the officer and actually fled on foot. Because the officer already had his identification, he did not continue to pursue him and instead took care of the passenger that was in the vehicle."

Police say they found marijuana on the intoxicated passenger. Yates was brought back to the scene by his mother before police went looking for him.

"The driver of the vehicle, who had apparently fled on foot, actually went to his home and was returned to the scene by his mother," said Smiley.

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