UPDATE: Picture, video show truck driver suspected of critically injuring man
UPDATE POSTED 2 P.M. JULY 2, 2021
MIDWAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Versailles Police have released video of the 18-wheeler suspected of smashing into a Tennessee man June 22, 2021, pinning him between his truck and trailer, causing critical injuries.
The video, captured on another truck’s dash cam, shows the non-descript white semi and trailer backing up and then pulling out of the I-64 rest stop in Midway. In the rearview mirror of the truck with the dash cam, the other truck can be seen hitting Gerald Sapp’s white pickup and pushing it backwards.
At the time, Gerald Sapp was behind his truck checking a trailer he was towing to Kentucky
to possibly buy a car and return to Tennessee. As his truck was pushed backward, the trailer jackknifed, pinning Sapp, seriously injuring his hip and legs.
He underwent more than 22 hours of surgery and still is in intensive care at UK Medical Center.
“His condition hasn’t changed much. He is still in ICU and he is still in that ‘waiting period’ to see how his body handles all of the trauma from the 22 hours of surgery. We’re hopeful in the next day or so that he will be alert enough to talk with us! When he does become slightly coherent, he is in immense pain,” said Sapp’s daughter, Angela Taylor.
Anyone with any information regarding this collision, or possibly the identity of the truck driver, is asked to contact Versailles Police Sgt. Anthony Conner at 859-873-3126.
UPDATE POSTED 9 A.M. MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021
MIDWAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man seriously injured last week when an 18-wheeler backed into his truck, trapping him against a trailer, has undergone more than 22 hours of surgery with much more to come, according to his daughter.
Meanwhile, the truck and driver involved still are being sought.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 5 P.M. JUNE 23, 2021
MIDWAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man is fighting for his life at UK hospital after a tractor trailer backed into him at an I-64 rest stop in Midway and then drove off.
According to the Versailles Police Department, 67-year-old Gerald Sapp pulled his pickup truck over to check the oil at a rest area.
At the same time a tractor trailer was backing out and trapped him in between the truck and the bumper of his vehicle.
Police say the driver then drove away and left Sapp with serious injuries.
Right now investigators are looking at some dash cam video from another truck that was in the area.
The family says they’re not giving up easily while Sapp recovers.
“He crushed my dad he’s got blood on the back of his truck and I’m going to find him. I’m not going to stop until I find him,” says Angela Taylor, Gerald Sapp’s daughter.
Police say they’re looking for a white cab and white trailer that had been traveling westbound on I-64.
Witnesses are asked to contact the Versailles Police Department with any information.