Family members of a 79-year-old Jeremiah woman are convinced she was the victim of a hit and run last month and are offering a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her injuries.
Kentucky State Police said Wanda P. Caudill was found lying unconscious beside KY Highway 7 South around 10:33 a.m. on March 19. Police said Caudill has been unresponsive and the exact cause of her injuries has not been determined.
Sharon Whitaker, a daughter of Wanda Caudill, said her mother was on her way to get her mail from a mailbox when the accident happened. Whitaker said mail was still inside the mailbox.
Caudill is also the mother of Darlene Cox of Jeremiah, the late Judi Campbell and Jeff Caudill, who is a former post commander at KSP Post 13 in Hazard.
“This is the most precious woman on earth and she was so careful going to the mailbox,” said Whitaker, of Blackey. “We don’t know if someone came off the road and hit her or if she stepped into the roadway. The possibility that someone could have left her laying there drives us crazy.”
Wanda Caudill, who is a retired librarian at West Whitesburg Elementary School, was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and then transferred to the UK Good Samaritan Hospital where she is still listed in critical condition. Whitaker said her mother has suff ered a dislocated pelvis, broken ribs and severe head injuries.
The family is off ering a $1,050 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in this case.
State police ask that anyone who may have been in the area during this time and has information relating to this incident contact KSP in Hazard at 1-800-222- 5555 or 606-435-6069.