HARDINSBURG, Ky. — (WHAS11) – An 8-year-old boy has been killed following a hit-and-run incident in Breckinridge County.
"I was just like – I couldn't believe it I was like 'oh my gosh, oh my gosh' you know I couldn't imagine what the family is going through," Samantha Prewitt, a resident said.
The road near Prewitt's home was blocked off for nearly 6 hours.
Kentucky State Police were dispatched to the 12000 block of KY 259 South around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to their preliminary investigation, police say the boy was standing at the edge of the roadway getting mail when a 2009 Pontiac Torrent traveling north struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"We were able to locate the vehicle based off of witnesses. They gave a very very good description of the vehicle," Trooper Scotty Sharp said.
Police say the driver, 35-year-old Bradley Mattingly left the scene. But state police located him in less than 13 minutes after getting the call.
"Somehow he – he was going north, but somehow ended up on 737, I'm not exactly sure how he got down there," Trooper Sharp said.
Mattingly was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless homicide.
"It's sad -- it's really sad and then when I heard they didn't stop, I mean how can you not stop?," Prewitt said. "I almost got hit several times coming across the road from it."
The hit-and-run incident only raises more concern.
"Makes you want to get a postal box because people [are] flying through here, they don't stop -- I mean there's been dogs hit and horses -- it's like they're careless," Prewitt said.
KY 259 is a two-lane highway with a speed limit of 55. Police say it's heavily traveled during this time of the year, especially on weekends.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Officials are awaiting toxicology results to determine if more charges should be filed against Mattingly.
Mattingly has been booked at the Breckinridge County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.
Hardinsburg is about 69 miles southwest of Louisville.