Update: Mayor accused of injuring teen cyclist in hit-and-run says he was not intoxicated

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PULASKI CO., Ky. (WYMT) - The mayor of Somerset is accused of hitting a teenager with his car and then leaving the scene.

Kentucky State Police say the collision happened Sunday evening at South Maple Street in Somerset.

Troopers say Victoria Smith was riding a bike when she was hit by a vehicle, which then drove away.

After investigating, troopers say witnesses identified the driver as Mayor Edward Girdler of Somerset.

Girdler was cited to Pulaski District Court for the charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid or assistance.

The young cyclist was taken to the Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Somerset, then airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Smith says she stopped before crossing the road. When she had the light to go, she says she pedaled through when a car came toward her and hit her.

"But he didn't want to say, 'are you okay? Anything happen?' He go on," said Smith.

Smith's mother, Melody Bradshaw, was surprised by the identity of the driver.

"I couldn't believe it was the mayor that didn't stop and even see about the kid. At least," said Bradshaw.

Girdler says he left because he didn't know he hit anyone, but says he did come back and cooperate with police.

"Everyone exited and I left not knowing anything had occurred," said Girdler. "There was no indication there was any injury or accident."

Police are still investigating the collision. Girdler tells WYMT he wants to stress that he was not arrested and that he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Girdler will appear in court August 29th.



 
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