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Man on paper route hits, kills man

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A Gilbertsville man was hit and killed by a man on a paper route early Sunday morning who thought he had hit a deer.

Matthew William Bonds, 25, of Gilbertsville was found lying in a ditch at the 4800 block of US Hwy. 68 West in Palma, Kentucky. Marshall County 911 was called at 1:36 a.m. on Sunday, June 30.

Bonds was pronounced dead at the scene.

A detective found broken pieces of a headlight and side mirror debris from a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Another detective found a van in Gilbertsville with missing parts that was consistent with the crash. The owners of the van were brought to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

While there, the driver told deputies he had hit a deer while he was eastbound on Hwy 68 near McKinsey Park as he was delivering newspapers.

He said he only saw what he hit out of the corner of his eyes and had assumed it was a deer. He stopped his vehicle and walked around to see if the deer was still alive, but found nothing.

He got within 100 feet of where Bonds was found. Shoe tracks in the grass that were still visible because of the dew confirmed his statements.

The man continued to Draffenville and stopped at the Five Star to examine the damage to his van.

He finished his paper route. About seven hours later, the man and a friend went back to the site of the crash to try to find the deer, but did not find it.

The man and his wife only learned they had hit a person while at the sheriff's office. No charged are pending.

The investigation is continuing.

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