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KSP takes over fatal Danville 'hit-and-run' case

July 06, 2013|By TODD KLEFFMAN | tkleffman@amnews.com

A hit-and-run collision on Gose Pike that killed a pedestrian last weekend remains under investigation, but the case has been transferred from the Danville Police Department to Kentucky State Police.

KSP spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton said Friday that investigation into the June 29 death of Anne Elizabeth Duncan was turned over to Trooper Eric Taylor on Wednesday at the request of Danville police. Taylor, an experienced collision reconstructionist, was on the scene the night Duncan died.

“We never get any business from Danville,” Blanton said. “They almost always take care of their own stuff.”

Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said on Friday that Danville has two officers who are trained reconstructionists but both were out of town the night of the collision.

“This is a very delicate case — a fatality. We just, right now, believe it’s best for KSP to handle it.”

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Duncan, 33, of Waterford, Mich., was in Danville for a wedding that Saturday and it is believed she went for a walk afterward. Her body was discovered along Gose Pike near Baughman Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Boyle County Coroner Don Hamner said Duncan died of blunt force trauma that was likely caused by a vehicle.

Gray said on Tuesday that Danville police had identified a “person of interest” in the case, but he declined to comment further on Friday, saying any additional information would have to come from state police.

On Friday afternoon, KSP put out a press release seeking to learn the identity of another driver who traveled Gose Pike just before Duncan was apparently struck by another vehicle.

“Two vehicles were observed traveling from the South Danville bypass toward Stanford Avenue between 10-10:20 p.m.  The front vehicle, a small passenger car, swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road and it is the operator of that vehicle KSP wants to speak to,” the press release states.

  The second of the two vehicles struck Duncan “causing fatal injuries,” the press release continued.

Blanton explained that Taylor hopes to talk the driver of small car that swerved around Duncan to learn more about Duncan’s behavior and actions in the moments before she was struck and killed. 

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