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Deputies arrest hit-and-run suspect

The Paducah Sun-via Kentucky Press News Service

A 53-year-old man was arrested Monday for allegedly hitting a cyclist with his truck last month and fleeing the scene.

Don K. Graves, a McCracken County resident, was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Monday at home. He is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident, having no driver's license, and being a persistent felony offender.

A grand jury was presented investigation findings and returned an indictment against Graves, prompting his arrest, Sheriff Jon Hayden said.

Authorities allege Graves was driving a red Toyota Tacoma on Jan. 18 in the 5200 block of Old Mayfield Road and struck Jason Carnine, a 35-year-old Paducah resident, who was riding his bicycle.

Graves and Carnine were both headed north on Old Mayfield Road, deputies said. Graves struck Carnine with the right side of the vehicle and then fled the scene, deputies said.

Carnine, who was transported to Lourdes hospital with serious injuries, has been released from the hospital and is under the care of family members, Hayden said.

Deputies said they found the red Toyota on Jan. 19 at a residence on North Friendship Road, and identified two people of interest in the hit-and-run. Deputies said they received conflicting accounts on who was driving the truck at the time of the crash.

Hayden said he expects an arrest and charges to be filed soon against a second person in the case.

The sheriff said the persistent felony offender charge stems from Graves having federal drug convictions. Graves was jailed.

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