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A University of Louisville student and former standout wrestler for John Hardin High School was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday morning in Louisville.
Jordan Murphy, 20, a 2010 John Hardin High School graduate, died from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Cindy Theone.
Witness accounts say Murphy was walking on an interchange ramp from westbound Interstate 264 to northbound Interstate 65 when he was hit by a black Mercedes, Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. Smiley said witnesses saw Murphy walking in the roadway when he was struck by the vehicle.
The driver, whose name is not being released, is not being charged and was the only occupant inside the vehicle, Smiley said. No one else was injured.
Smiley said it is not clear why Murphy was in the roadway because there were no broken down vehicles or other indicators near the scene giving reason why he would have set out on foot.
“We really don’t know why he was there,” she said.
Murphy was the 135-pound state runner-up in wrestling for John Hardin in 2010. He went 4-1 in 2010 at 135 pounds and 4-1 in 2009 at 130 pounds.
Adam Lindsey, who coached Murphy in wrestling at John Hardin, said he was devastated by the news and extended his condolences and love to Murphy’s family.
“Our hearts are broken right now,” he said. “Our pain is great.”
Lindsey described Murphy as a devoted hard worker and exceptionally bright young man who spent hours away from school honing his skills at wrestling camps. Lindsey said the hard work paid off as he reached the pinnacle of wrestling in Kentucky and had a bright future ahead of him, finishing with a 32 on his ACT exam.
“He came from the roadmap of nowhere to being something because he was committed to it,” Lindsey said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or email@example.com.