Dead man found on side of Kentucky road. Hit-and-run investigation launched.
Published 5:53 am Tuesday, June 8, 2021
A homicide investigation is underway after a man was found dead on the side of the road on Kentucky Hwy. 3246 early Sunday morning. The lead detective in the case says it was likely caused by a hit and run.
Kiwandi Deilo Freeman, 47, of Georgia, was found by property owners on Fall Lick Road (Ky. Hwy. 3246) at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Oney.
Lincoln County Coroner Farris Marcum pronounced Freeman dead at the scene at about 8:10 a.m.
Freeman’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and multiple internal injuries were discovered, Marcum said.
“Based on injuries that they found on the deceased, those are consistent with being struck by an object, blunt force trauma, which causes internal fractures and hemorrhaging inside the body,” he said. “Sometimes you can have an internal injury and not have an external sign of injury.”
Marcum said it appears Freeman was walking in an eastbound direction and was struck by a vehicle also traveling eastbound.
“…because his injuries were on the left side of his body,” he said. “…which would be consistent with the front passenger side of some type of vehicle.”
Marcum said Freeman had a few external abrasions.
The death investigation was deemed a homicide investigation following the report from the Medical Examiner’s Office, according to the detective.
“With the amount of bruising and internal injuries, yes, this is going to be a homicide investigation,” Oney said.
Freeman, who was functional but allegedly suffered from some mental disability, was walking from Georgia to Washington D.C., according to family members. Freeman was reportedly bipolar schizophrenic, Oney said, and left Georgia out of fear of being forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Family members said he was traveling to Washington D.C. to become a rapper, Oney said.
Oney said the hit-and-run likely occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
The detective said the investigation is still in the early stages and he is asking for the public’s help to find who hit Freeman.
“We’re looking for some type of vehicle and that’s what I’m asking for the public’s help,” Oney said. “If they know anything, call me.”
Oney said deputies have canvassed the area and talked to neighbors. Anyone with video surveillance on Hwy. 3246 is asked to contact the sheriff’s office because it could help them identify vehicles in the area around the time of the hit-and-run.
“If anyone on Fall Lick Road has cameras that can look at their cameras and see any type of vehicles between those hours (1:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.) that would be awesome,” Oney said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 606-365-2696.