Report: Blount stopped in road before hit-and-run

By Juliann Vachon

A UK freshman killed in a hit-and-run accident last week stopped in the roadway for an unknown reason when she was struck at the intersection of West Maxwell Street and South Broadway, according to a Lexington police accident report issued Friday.

The report said Connie Blount, 18, of Park City, Utah, and a friend were crossing at a crosswalk against the signal at about 2:15 a.m. on April 13 when a pickup truck hit Blount and then fled the scene.

Blount was thrown across the roadway, according to the report. She was then taken to UK Medical Center, where she died hours later from her injuries.

It was raining that morning and the roadways were wet, according to the accident report.

Two people witnessed the accident, including Blount’s friend who was walking with her at the time.

She and her friend had been out socializing that night at two or three different locations, Blount’s father said last week. The pair had been drinking, according to the report, but police said last week they did not think Blount and her friend had enough to impair their ability to walk home safely.

Blount’s body underwent an autopsy, and police will not know if she was intoxicated until the results come back in one to three months.

Jack Blount, Connie’s father, said last week that police had impounded a truck that they believed might have hit his daughter. Police were conducting forensic testing to see if it was the one involved in the incident, he said. Blount said he had not heard anything new about the case as of yesterday.

Police have been unavailable for comment on the case since last week.

Blount’s parents and UK have set up a scholarship foundation in Blount’s name that will provide funding to a student studying equine sciences.

Blount came to UK to study equine science, Jack Blount said. She started riding horses when she was 10 and enjoyed competing in hunter-jumper equestrian sports.

When she came to UK in the fall, she brought her two horses, Luke and Sam, and joined the UK equestrian team.

Jack Blount said Connie felt very close to horses and animals and understood the importance of the effect they had on people’s lives.

The family wanted to honor their daughter’s life by giving other students the chance to pursue the degree she did not get the chance to complete.

Jack Blount said his family and UK started receiving checks before they had even set up the scholarship foundation.

“It’s been great that people have been so giving and so trusting,” he said.

UK also called Jack Blount and said it would be putting up a picture and plaque in the lobby of the equine science building recognizing his daughter, he said.

Jack and Cindy Blount were in Kentucky last week and returned to their home in Utah on Wednesday. About 700 people attended Connie’s funeral Friday in Park City, Blount’s father said. Earlier last week, about 400 people attended a memorial service in Blount’s honor at the Baptist Student Center at UK.

“The support’s been helpful, but there’s just a big void in our lives right now that we’re trying to cope with,” Jack Blount said.