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A girl standing on the sidewalk was struck by an out-of-control motorist when two drivers collided at 26th Street and Oak Street (where it turns into Virginia Avenue) in the Park Hill neighborhood. One driver fled the scene and the other was arrested.

The incident, which took place Wednesday, March 9 at 3:00p.m., was reported by WAVE3.

Looking north along 26th Street. (Courtesy Google)
Looking north along 26th Street. (Courtesy Google)

 

“Witnesses told Louisville Metro police the driver of a Chevy Trailblazer was traveling westbound on Oak Street and was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound on 26th Street,” WAVE3’s Joey Brown reported. “The impact of the crash caused the Trailblazer to go on the sidewalk and hit a juvenile girl who was standing at the corner of 26th Street and Virginia Avenue.”

Looking south down 26th Street with Oak to the left and Virginia to the right. (Courtesy Google)
Looking south down 26th Street with Oak to the left and Virginia to the right. (Courtesy Google)

The intersection is signalized, suggesting one of the motorists may have run a red light, and both 26th Street and Oak Street / Virginia Avenue carry 35 mile per hour speed limits, despite the fact that they both traverse predominantly residential neighborhoods. The crash site is a block north of Johnson Traditional Middle School.

Looking east down Oak Street. (Courtesy Google)
Looking east down Oak Street. (Courtesy Google)

The motorist operating the Trailblazer, 23-year-old Keylandance Carpenter, had outstanding warrants, Brown reported, and was charged with driving on a suspended license and giving a false name. The child was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) is asking anyone with information about the hit-and-run motorist to call its anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD.

Louisville is currently in the midst of a three-year pedestrian safety campaign called Look Alive Louisville. The federally funded program is in response to the city’s above average pedestrian fatality and collision rate.

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Branden Klayko

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Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. My two cents…
    A two-way street would not have made a difference if the suv traveling west was hit by the vehicle traveling north. The issue again is the zero setback and obstructive bushes on the southeast corner, the rest of the buildings at the intersection are set back enough that gives a larger line of site for the oncoming traffic, imagine you are traveling south on 26th, you could see further east on Oak. Another dangerous intersection is at 18th and Oak, zero setback, where the Dollar General obstructs the traffic line of site to the east, if you are traveling north on 18th. My opinion, buildings on corners should be set back far enough to allow drivers on the intersecting streets a larger line of site. Most of us obey traffic signals and laws, but there are those we have to watch out for and always drive defensively. When I first saw the story on the news, I assumed the man who was arrested was at fault, I was clearly wrong and have to applaud him for sticking around after the wreck. Yes he was driving illegally, maybe knowingly or unknowingly about the warrant, but decided that the condition of the child was the most important thing, the driver who left the scene, traveling north on 26th was likely at fault by t-boning the man’s suv and leaving the scene. Simply not caring if anyone was injured and likely the same situation of driving illegally. The real criminal and focus of the story is the person who could care less and left the scene.

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