Frankfort man killed at car dealership was a funny family man, daughter says

Car struck 50-year-old as he sat at his desk

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

Kris Wright said people who knew her father, Norman Kiper, would remember him for being a family man.

“Family was the most important thing to him,” Wright said. “He was always trying to make everyone smile and laugh.”

Kiper was working at Bill Collins Ford dealership in Louisville Monday when he was killed in what police are calling a “tragic workplace accident.”

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley said the 50-year-old from Frankfort was sitting at his desk in the service department just before noon 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 he was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m.

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

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Carey Klain said no charges are expected.

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

The dealership has not commented on the incident.

Wright said she’s now left with the memories of her time with her father — an avid golfer who frequented Juniper Hill golf course.

“My favorite memory is on my 16th birthday I asked him to wear a pink shirt for church,” Wright said. “My dad wasn’t the kind of guy to wear a pink shirt, but he did it for me.”

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  • This is tragic.  My prayers are with the family and the employee at the dealership.