• August 12, 2022

Donald Holt Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-75 in Kenton County, KY

Kenton County, KY — August 8, 2022, 60-year-old Donald Holt was killed in a suspected 18-wheeler hit-and-run on Interstate 75 in Kenton County.

Reports say the incident happened Monday morning along northbound I-75 near Kyles Lane. Police didn't release many details but say Holt's body was found near a barrier around 6:55 a.m. Investigators say he was seen earlier that morning near a local hospital but they aren't sure why he was on the interstate or what exact time the accident happened.

Police say Holt was "most likely" hit by a tractor-trailer and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Donald Holt Accident in Kenton County

It seems from early reports like this incident has more questions than answers. I'm not coming down on police for not having the whole puzzle put together yet; it's rare for hit-and-run accidents to have immediate resolutions. Hopefully investigators will have some luck finding traffic camera footage or witnesses who can help shed light on this terrible incident.

It's also troubling to learn that police think a commercial truck was responsible for the victim's death. The idea that a professional driver might have struck him and then left the scene without stopping or rendering aid is highly disturbing considering the higher standard of care to which those drivers are held. It's bad enough when a civilian hits someone and leaves the scene, but to think that a company's representative did the same, presumably while on the job, is something that should receive major scrutiny as that driver and their employer may need to face some questions of negligence.

Donald Holt Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-75 in Kenton County, KY

I don't know more than reports say, so it's important to note that right now police only think a big rig was involved. As I said, I hope they can find substantial evidence that helps them track down the hit-and-run vehicle, commercial or not. At bare minimum someone should be held accountable for the fatal damage dealt to the victim. If that someone is a professional truck driver, there may be additional steps to take.

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