Driver who struck, killed 18-year-old in Lebanon thought he hit a deer

LEBANON, Ohio — A driver who struck and killed an 18-year-old man in Warren County Thursday night said he thought he hit a deer, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a vehicle struck and killed Skyler P. Ludington, of Shelby County, as he was walking near his father's home in Lebanon just before 11 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Patrol Sgt. James Sparkman says the driver suspected of hitting Ludington called 911 to report apparently hitting a deer, but hung up. He was located a short time later at his home in Washington Township.

Investigators with the patrol's Lebanon post are trying to determine what caused the crash and whether alcohol might have played a role.

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