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Deadly hit and run is 3rd high-profile crime in victim's family

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Unanswered questions surround a deadly hit and run case. The victim's family is asking for closure because they've had more than their share of tragedy.

Louisville Metro Police say the driver of a dark Ford Ranger hit and killed Kris Caudill, 33, late Tuesday night on Bardstown Road in Fern Creek. Police haven't found the truck or its driver.

Police believe the truck may have some front end damage. They also believe someone is out there who knows something about the hit and run.

"There's hardly any of our family left," said Caudill's brother Jess Cheeks. Cheeks said what happened to his brother and what keeps happening to his family is hard to accept.

"The truck hit him and just kept going," Cheeks said.

Cheeks' brother was hit and left for dead after he tried to cross an intersection of Bardstown Road near Fern Creek High School. 

"The person kept going, and if the person would have stopped and checked on my brother and called EMS," Cheeks said, "my brother would have probably made it through."

Jess Cheeks said all he has now are the memories of his brother, who he remembers as a funny, silly kid. 

"When I put a bowl on his head to cut his hair," Cheeks laughed, "he loved his hair cut."

Cheeks said Kris had his share of troubles like spending time in jail for car theft." He was a good guy, but mixed in with the wrong crowd," Cheeks said.

Kris Caudill's death is the third high profile crime that's happened to the Cheeks family. In 1993, their uncle Floyd Cheeks, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy, was gunned down by Peter Bard when Cheeks tried to serve an Emergency Protective Order.

Then, a couple of years ago, Cheeks' sister met a man who forever changed their lives. "My sister Tara's son Tony Hack, "Cheeks explained, "Tony was beat to death by a grown man."

Johnny Julliot is the man police who say killed Jess Cheeks' nephew, 4-year-old Tony Hack. Julliot got angry at the boy for eating candy, according to investigators.

With Julliot going to trial later this year, the family would like to find closure in the death of their brother Kris. They say he was usually in the Valley Station and southern Indiana areas and they have no idea why he was in Fern Creek Tuesday night.

A memorial service will be held for Kris Caudill at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shelby Park at Camp and Clay Streets.

Anyone with information about this deadly hit and run case should call the anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD.

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