Editor's note: This story has been updated to fix a correction. In the original post, it was reported the incident occurred on Wednesday morning. The incident took place early Thursday morning.
After a fatal Richmond accident early Thursday morning, the family and friends of William S. Pollard are mourning his death.
Though the 27-year-old Hazard native is gone, Pollard leaves behind an immeasurable impact on the people who knew him.
According to Pollard’s sister, Santanna, Pollard grew up as one of four siblings in a small town in Perry County. Growing up, Santanna said Pollard was “the life of every party,” and enjoyed making others happy.
Tired of living a rural life, Pollard moved to Richmond where he attended EKU. Though he enjoyed his newfound life in the city, Santanna said, Pollard would often come home to check in on his family and share stories of his times in “Rich.” Santanna said Pollard would often joke “I’m in Rich and want to be rich.”
Known lovingly as “Willie P,” Pollard had an affinity for shoes, and his sister reminisced on how he would go so far as to pack a toothbrush with him, specifically used to clean his shoes.
Pollard spent a number of years volunteering at the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter located in Hazard. Allie Mullins, the manager of the shelter remembered Pollard as a hardworking young man who “loved animals and people.”
“He just wanted to make anybody happy. He would just give you the shirt off his back,” Mullins said. “Even if he was having a bad day, he would put a smile on his face to make everyone else happier. He will definitely be missed.”
Pollard worked with the animals in the shelter and also took care of maintenance there, such as pressure washing the building and driveway. Mullins said there was “nothing that he wouldn’t do.”
“He brought joy to the entire shelter environment, from making sure the animals had plenty of treats and cuddles to making sure the front of the building was as shiny as it could be,” claimed a Facebook post shared by the shelter Thursday evening.
According to a previous Register article, the accident is still being investigated, as the Richmond Police Department is working on reconstructing what happened.
Pollard leaves behind two children, Zayden and Lily. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son.
Services will be held Sunday at Maggard Funeral Homes in Hazard.