Frankfort man killed when car hits him at Louisville dealership

50-year-old worked at Bill Collins Ford

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

A Frankfort man was killed Monday in what police are calling a “tragic workplace accident.”

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Norman L. Kiper, 50, was killed while working at Bill Collins Ford dealership in Louisville.

Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley said Kiper was sitting at his desk in the service department when the accident occurred.

“Another employee got into a vehicle that was handicapped equipped and apparently accidentally hit the accelerator and the vehicle struck Norman in the back,” Wesley said.

Kiper was momentarily pinned to his desk, Wesley said, before the car veered off.

Kiper was taken to University of Louisville hospital where Wesley said he was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m.

“He died of multiple blunt force injuries,” Wesley said.

Louisville Metro Police Public Information Officer Carey Klain said officers responded to the dealership on Bardstown Road just before noon Monday.

Klain said police conducted a death investigation, but no charges were expected.

“It just apparently was a tragic workplace accident,” Klain said.

The dealership has not commented on the incident.

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  • Norman was a really nice guy...and such a tragic accident. ┬áMy deepest sympathies.

  • Such a tragedy. My condolences to the Kiper family and to the unnamed driver of the vehicle.