LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – The Fayette County Coroner has identified Sergio Villarados, 17, as the victim in a shooting and crash near Lexington Cemetery.
Officers said a vehicle flipped on Price Road near Fairdale Drive just before 9 p.m. Thursday.
We have since learned that Villarados was found dead inside the car with a gunshot wound. The Fayette County Coroner will be able to release an official cause of death after an autopsy.
Police said another person inside the car, a 19-year-old woman, was also found shot but has non-life-threatening injuries.
Neighbors tell us they woke up to the news that what happened outside their front doors is more than what they thought. One man said he didn’t know anyone had died, he thought it was only a crash.
“I really didn’t know what happened. I’m sorry to hear about old buddy that lost his life, but it’s kind of like the world we live in. The neighborhood we live in,” said Kenny Minniefield. “It’s a sad incident, but things happen, and I pray for his family.”
Police are still investigating to piece together what happened, but said detectives believe the incident began a couple of streets away in the area of the 700 block of Breathitt Avenue.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at p3tips.com.