Man deputies believe was hit-and-run victim in critical condition

FARMINGTON, KY – Investigators have identified the victim of what they believe was a hit and run. The man, 33-year-old Richard Poindexter of Mayfield, is in critical condition at a hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

Investigators say Poindexter was struck by a car Monday around 7 p.m. It happened just north of the intersection of Highway 564 and Burnett’s Chapel Road.

Neighbors in the area say they are disturbed by the incident, and some believe they could have prevented it.

“We just don’t see people at that time of day or night walking up the road” John Sheppard said.

John and his wife, Cathy, were on their way home when they noticed a stranger walking abnormally. Hearing of the recent break-ins in Graves County, they drove ahead.

“Yes, it scared me, and that’s the reason why I watched over my shoulder as we got things out of the car and then coming in immediately,” Cathy said.

The two later saw police lights in the distance, at which point they heard the man was hit by a car. The driver was no where to be found.

“Had we stopped at the corner to check on him and see what was happening, or if he needed help, would it have averted the later accident?” John said.

Nearby neighbors said it’s not uncommon to see cars, trucks, and tractor-trailers speed past. They say it leaves little time for drivers to react if they see somebody walking along the road.

Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said they still have several questions.

“We can’t say for sure that whoever struck him (knew what happened). They might’ve thought they hit a deer or something like that,” Redmon said.

As the investigation continues, the Sheppards are keeping the victim’s family in mind.

“I’m so sorry he’s been hurt. He will be in our prayers, and I wish them the best,” Cathy said.

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