Charges filed in fatal downtown hit-and-run

Charges filed in fatal downtown hit-and-run
Fontaine Jeffery (Source: Facebook)
Fontaine Jeffery (Source: Facebook)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A sports reporter for WHAS 11, the ABC affiliate in Louisville, has been charged for leaving the scene of an accident that killed a woman in January.

Reporter Jeff Woods faces a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid in connection to the crash.

On Jan. 23, Fontaine Jeffery, an employee of the Louisville Marriott Downtown, was hit by multiple vehicles in a crosswalk at the intersection of Second and Jefferson Streets, adjacent to the hotel.

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Police say before she was hit, Jeffery had fallen for unknown reasons while crossing the street. She was rushed to University of Louisville Hospital where, at 9:16 p.m., she was pronounced dead of blunt force injuries suffered in the crash.

A vehicle belonging to WHAS, which is believed to be the second vehicle involved in the crash, was impounded during the investigation, the station previously reported.

The Louisville Metro Police Department says the driver of the first vehicle stopped at the scene and is not facing any charges.

Linda Danna, the president and general manager of WHAS, said in a prepared statement on Friday, "We've cooperated with the investigation from the beginning and will let the judicial process run its course."

Leaving the scene of a crash that results in death or serious physical injury is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison or a fine up to $10,000.

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