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Sheriff's Dept. looking for information about hit and run accident near Clay City

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Clay County Sheriff's Department is looking for information involving a hit and run accident that took place early Sunday morning.

Around 4 a.m., a 911 call reported two males trying to flag down traffic north of Clay City on S.R. 59. Clay County Reserve Deputy Mike Deakins was dispatched and found the two men, one lying on the east side of the road.

David Aguilar, 23, and William Killough IV, 21, both of Clay City, reported that they had been traveling south on S.R. 59 when their vehicle broke down.

Aguilar said that the two had been walking towards Clay City in the rain trying to flag down a ride for about a half an hour when a dark colored vehicle, possibly a four-wheel drive truck, hit Killough.

Killough sustained a severe broken left leg from the accident and was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by Trans-Care while Deakins drove Aguilar to the hospital to continue the investigation. Deakins could smell the presence of alcohol on his passenger, and after arriving, both Aguilar and Killough told the officer that they had been drinking sometime prior to the accident.

In Killough's statement, he said he was trying to stop traffic to get a ride. Then he saw what he thought was a truck going north on S.R. 59, but was unable to give any other description of the vehicle. In an attempt to stop it, he got in the roadway. The vehicle struck Killough, throwing him into the ditch on the east side of the road.

Killough was later taken by helicopter to Methodist Hospital for his injuries, the extent of which were not known at deadline.

The 911 caller was then contacted for a statement.

In that statement Aguilar was identified as walking down the middle of the road waving his arms while the other male was located by the vehicle on the west side of the road at the time of the call. A search of the caller's vehicle did not locate any damage that could have been from the incident.

The accident is under investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department. They are searching for any information the public might have.

"At this time we feel that the driver of the suspect vehicle may not even know that they hit someone," Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

The suspect's vehicle is a dark-colored 4x4 pickup truck with possible damage to the front end and was last seen traveling northbound on S.R. 59 in the early morning hours of Sept. 25.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, or any other, please contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2536.

Sidebar: "We're going to be in big, big financial trouble because of this," James Wilson told The Brazil Times Tuesday morning. "William doesn't have insurance through his employer to cover the medical costs, and the doctors are saying that it will take eight months before he can even stand up to walk and a total of 18 months of rehabilitation."

William Killough IV is listed in stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after surgery to place two rods and pins in his left leg. Doctors have told the family that more surgery will be required due to the nature of the injuries.

People who want to help the family with medical expenses can make donations in person at any area Old National Bank or by mail to:

"The William Killough Medical Fund"

c/o Old National Bank

701 Wabash Avenue

Terre Haute, IN 47807

For more information about the fund, please call Old National Bank at 812-462-7202.

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