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Car Hits Acting U.S. Attorney in Kentucky

August 21, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The acting U.S. attorney for the western district of Kentucky was struck by a sport utility vehicle and injured while crossing a busy street near the federal courthouse Thursday morning.

Monica Wheatley was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where she was being treated in the emergency room. Wheatley was conscious and in serious condition, said Ken Marshall, a hospital spokesman. He declined to disclose her injuries.Dwight Mitchell, a Louisville police spokesman, said the injuries could be life-threatening.

The driver, whose name was not immediately released, was being interviewed by authorities.

Police said the victim was crossing the street when she apparently stopped to talk to someone she knew in a vehicle that was stopped there. Apparently, she was hit as she crossed at least two lanes of traffic after the light turned green.

A witness told police the driver apparently did not see the woman.

Mitchell declined to identify the victim. Richard Knighten, chief deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service in Louisville, confirmed it was Wheatley.

``Our prayers are with″ Wheatley and her family, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Ford said.

Wheatley was named acting U.S. attorney when Steve Pence resigned this year to run for lieutenant governor on the ticket of Republican Rep. Ernie Fletcher.

Wheatley has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the western district of Kentucky since 1987.

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