4-year-old hit by car on Cooper Drive, UK freshman charged with DUI

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A four-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a car in Lexington.

Police said it happened just after 2 p.m. Saturday on Cooper Drive and Scoville Road.

The victim was standing on the side of the road with his family when police said Jacob Heil, 18,  struck the child with his car.

The child was taken the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Heil was arrested and charged with DUI. Police said more charges could be coming. We are told Heil is a freshman at the University of Kentucky.

Sgt. Stephen Yoder said, “It’s a tragedy on both sides. Obviously, in my opinion, more so for the young child that was struck and injured with life-threatening injuries. If you’re going to drink and drive there’s always that potential you’re going to cause mayhem for people not involved in the drinking. It’s not worth a little bit of fun, getting in your car and then potentially ruining someone’s life.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at (859) 258-3600.

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