Jerry Haley rushed Tuesday to the 1500 block of U.S. 31-W By-Pass, fearing he might lose a second son to a vehicle-related injury.
Jeffrey Haley, 38, was crossing the street to check on a vehicle that was being worked on at Clark & Son Auto, Jerry Haley said. The father and son, who live in Bowling Green, work together at Haley’s Auto Service on Kenton Street and had sent one of their jobs to Clark & Son at 1542 U.S. 31-W By-Pass.
“He was going over to check on the job. That’s where he fell ... ,” Jerry Haley said, pointing at the site of the accident where Jeffrey Haley was struck by a car driven by Shirley Williams of Bowling Green.
The windshield of Williams’ gray Honda Accord was damaged.
“God, please let him be well,” Williams said as tears welled up in her eyes. “I’m so afraid.”
Williams cried as she talked to Bowling Green Police Department officers.
Williams was traveling south about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of the bypass, between 16th Avenue and Cabell Drive, when she struck Jeffrey Haley. He was listed in stable condition this morning at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Jerry Haley lost one of his sons in 1989 as a result of a vehicle accident and feared Tuesday that he may lose another. Jeffrey Haley was taken by ambulance about 11:45 a.m. to a medical helicopter landing site and was then flown to Louisville for treatment.
Jeffrey Haley appeared to have head injuries, witnesses said.
Williams immediately started braking once she noticed Jeffrey Haley in front of her car, but she wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid hitting him.
“I just saw him and hit my brakes,” Williams said. “I couldn’t stop.”
The bypass speed limit is 35 mph. Williams is not suspected to have been speeding.
Bowling Green police officers remained on the scene into the afternoon to reconstruct the accident site.
Traffic is heavy in the area that time of day, Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said.
It would be difficult to go much faster than the suggested speed limit because of the number of vehicles on the road, Ward said.
Williams said she has heard of accidents like this happening, but said she never imagined that she would be involved in something like this herself.
“I always feared something like this happening,” Williams said.