RICHMOND — A man who intervened in an argument Saturday night and then was hit by a car was in critical condition under intensive care Sunday afternoon at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
The driver, Jeremy Dean Rice, 21, of Richmond, was in the Madison County Detention Center facing charges of first- and fourth-degree assault.
At approximately 10:17 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Evansdale Avenue in response to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a woman and her boyfriend, identified as Rice, were involved in a domestic argument when Rice shoved the woman in the chest, the chief said.
The woman’s brother, Joshua Childers, was present and “took exception to the assault and intervened,” Brock said.
“A scuffle ensued between the two that spilled from the apartment into the parking lot. Rice then entered his vehicle and was attempting to leave,” the chief said. “Childers attempted to prevent Rice from leaving by grabbing the door handles, but Rice backed up, shifted into drive and drove into Childers, who was in front of the vehicle at the time.”
Rice then fled the scene, Brock said.
Childers suffered a head injury and was unresponsive at the scene, and was transported to the Lexington hospital where he underwent surgery because of his head injury.
Rice was located on Depot Road and taken into custody, the chief said.
He was charged with first-degree assault in connection with vehicular incident and with fourth-degree assault in connection with the shoving incident.
According to the detention center’s online records, Rice has been jailed 12 times since April 2010.