A teenager was killed in a hit and run on U.S. 421 early Wednesday morning, according to law enforcement.
The fatal incident is currently under investigation, according to Coroner Jimmy Cornelison.
The Madison County Sheriff's Offce said the incident occurred around 4:30 a.m on U.S. 421 (Battlefield Memorial Highway) near Red Lick Road in Big Hill.
A passerby discovered 19-year-old Thomas Boshears' body in a ditch and notified authorities, Cornelison said.
According to the coroner, he arrived at the scene around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Cornelison said it appeared Boshears was heading south on U.S. 421 when the moped-like motorcycle he was operating malfunctioned and he stopped to try and assess what the mechanical issue might be.
"The kickstand was up when I got there," Cornelison said of the scene when he arrived.
The coroner said Boshears was likely struck by another vehicle and the force of the impact threw his body into the ditch where he was later discovered by a passing motorist.
The motorist who struck Boshears failed to stop.
Madison County Sheriff's Office Deputy Adam Quiles is investigating the incident and anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 859-623-1511 or Madison County 911 at 859-624-4776.
Cornelison noted this is the second time in less than a week a teenager has been killed in a driving incident.
On May 28, 16-year-old 16-year-old Breanna Lee Cox, of Richmond, was pronounced dead after a fatal car crash on Tates Creek Road. The driver of the vehicle, 39-year old Elizabeth Sparks, was also killed.
"It's sad that we have lost another young person in our community. People need to slow down and be more vigilant when driving," the coroner said.