A man charged with an August 18th hit-and-run bike wreck in Noble Park has pleaded not guilty to felony charges. 18-year-old William T. Hayes Jr. was arraigned in McCracken Circuit Court Thursday on charges of first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and first-degree criminal mischief.
Police reports said Dr. William Jay Pitman of Paducah was hit from behind by a red sports while riding a bicycle down a single lane road in the park that evening. The driver left the scene without stopping. Dr. Pitman sustained serious injuries.
Following his identification and arrest, a McCracken County grand jury indicted Hayes on September 27th. Circuit Judge Craig Clymer arraigned Hayes Thursday and set a pretrial hearing for November 7th.