Staff Report

A Leitchfield man was arrested after a fatal hit and run collision in Breckinridge County Saturday morning.

At approximately 11:31 a.m. on Saturday, Kentucky State Police Post 4 received a call from the Breckinridge County Sheriff's Office requesting that the KSP investigate a vehicle versus pedestrian collision near the 12,000 block of KY 259 south.

According to a press release from the KSP, the preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Pontiac Torrent was traveling north on KY 259 south when the vehicle struck an 8-year-old male child who was standing at the edge of the roadway getting mail from the mailbox.

The operator of the Torrent left the scene and was located by KSP Trooper/Reconstructionist Brandon Brooks while he was in route to the collision scene, less than 13 minutes after KSP was notified. Brooks located the vehicle, matching the description given by witnesses, traveling south on KY 737 (Lilac Road) near the Breckinridge/Grayson County line.

The operator was identified as Bradley Mattingly, 35, of Leitchfield. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless homicide.

According to the press release, the Breckinridge County Coroner’s Office pronounced the child deceased at the scene.

KY 259 south was temporarily closed while troopers reconstructed the collision. Mattingly was lodged in the Breckinridge County Detention Center.

KSP was assisted at the scene by the Breckinridge Sheriff’s Office, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Breckinridge EMS and the Breckinridge County Coroner’s Office. The accident is still under investigation by Brooks.