Victim in fatal hit-and-run identified; Woman charged with murder

Victim in fatal hit-and-run identified; Woman charged with murder
Emily Kathleen Hickey (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
Emily Kathleen Hickey (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman has been charged in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash in Bullitt County.

Emily Kathleen Hickey, 22, was booked into the Bullitt County Detention Center on charges of murder and leaving the scene of an accident.

Captain Mike Murdoch of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office said a resident in the 4100 block of KY 44 East found a moped in their front yard around 1:40 a.m. and called authorities. Another neighbor saw the Hyundai Elantra driving slowly down 44 E. moments after the wreck.

"They were going really slow and flashed their lights," a neighbor, Shane Stinnett, said. "When I noticed she was dragging something it was in my rear view mirror."

Deputies searched the area and found the victim, Berry Bergin, 29, in a ditch line. He was dragged nearly 150 feet, according to Captain Mike Murdoch. Bergin was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office believes the accident happened about five minutes before the moped was found.

"If she would have called us, maybe he could have even lived, I don't know how bad his injuries were," Murdoch said. "But, again, not making that initial phone call puts everything where it is, a hit and run and where we charge with murder."

Investigators found pieces of a car, including a hood badge belonging to a Hyundai, at the scene. One of the recovered pieces contained a hidden vehicle identification number inside. The VIN led deputies to the owner of the car.

When deputies spoke with the registered owner of the car at her home near Pleasure Ridge Park she said her daughter, Hickey, has been driving the car. Murdoch said Hickey told her mother she had hit a deer on the interstate around 2 a.m. and made the same statement to deputies.

"Based upon the statement she told us, I don't believe the incident occurred how she said it occurred," Murdoch said. "The facts don't add up to that and I don't believe that is what happened."
Hickey also told deputies she had one glass of wine before driving.

"I don't get it, if you're drinking or not drinking, texting or what, I mean still how does your conscious deal with that," Bergin's mother, Melinda Hillard Greenwell, said.

Murdoch said surveillance video from a nearby business captured the collision. The video showed the Hyundai was headed west in the eastbound lane and struck the moped head-on.

Family members said Bergin was leaving Waffle House, where he worked. His sister also works there and was with him just hours before.

"I didn't expect last night to be the last time I would see him," Maggie Davenport said.

The car, which had been taken to a body shop off Dixie Highway, was impounded. Police were awaiting a search warrant before processing the car. However, Murdoch said the front end of the car appeared washed before it arrived at the body shop. He said there is more evidence on the car that will be reviewed.

Hickey is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

"I just want justice for my son," Bergin's mother said. "I don't have pity for her because she drug him and didn't even stop."

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Maraman Billings Funeral Home with burial to follow in Brookland Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Bergin's family is accepting donations through an online website.

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