Two Cynthiana Girls Hit By Driver Who Fell Asleep

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Updated: 8/01/2013 6:20 pm
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UK Hospital says two girls hit by a car are in stable condition.  Police say the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.  He hit the girls on U.S. 27 in Cynthiana at 3:30 AM.

Police say the girls were walking up the right side of the road, when a car hit them from behind.

Police say the girls were walking back from Walmart in the middle of the night.  Police say 19-year-old Chelsea Napier and her 12-year-old sister are lucky to be alive.

"I've seen people get hit 10-15 miles an hour, and don't survive it, so to get hit at about 35-40, and survive it is very lucky," said Sgt. Wilbur Gross, Cynthiana Police.

Police say the girls need surgery for broken bones in their legs.  Overnight, police thought Chelsea Napier and her younger sisters suffered life threatening injuries.

"It seemed a lot worse when we were on the scene.  We thought maybe they had some head trauma, but it ended up being some road rash, some bleeding from that," said Sgt. Gross.

Police say the driver was coming home from work, and fell asleep.  Police say Larry Baldwin swerved onto the shoulder, and over rumble strips.

"They woke him up, but it was a little late.  He was off the roadway.  If they hadn't been there he probably would have, rear end would have struck the polce, and that'd been it," said Gross.

Instead, police say Baldwin hit the two girls.  Police say they don't expect to charge Baldwin with anything.

Police say Baldwin is torn up about what happened.  Police say they don't think he did anything criminal.  Police say Baldwin was not speeding. 

Police want to remind anybody who goes out at night to wear bright clothing.
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