Man killed by bus outside Valhalla was from Louisville area | News from WDRB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The man who died after being struck by a shuttle bus outside Valhalla Golf Club on Shelbyville Road early Friday morning was trying to enter the course for his job as a security guard.

The victim — now identified as John Mills, 69 — was struck around 5 a.m. in the 15500 block of Shelbyville Road, just across the street from Valhalla, according to information from Louisville Metro Police. An investigation revealed that Mills was crossing Shelbyville Road from south to north when he was struck.

His family told WDRB that “he worked security and had fun in Valhalla this week. He enjoyed staying busy during his retirement. We love him and will miss him.”

Statement from Mayor Greeberg

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg released a statement Friday afternoon identifying the victim and offering condolences to his family:

“This morning, our city experienced a tragic accident that claimed the life of John Mills, a Louisvillian who will be greatly missed by his family and our community. We focus on this family who lost a loved one. I spoke with members of Mr. Mills’ family to convey our city’s condolences.

“As a result of this tragedy, LMPD stopped traffic to assist in its investigation into the fatal crash. It is unfortunate that an incident occurred between an LMPD officer and Mr. Scheffler while he was was attempting to enter Valhalla. LMPD is fully investigating this incident and the legal process will continue.

“We remain focused on the tragic loss of life and will share more information on both topics as it becomes available.”

The PGA of America also released a statement on Friday, shortly after the incident:

“This morning we were devastated to learn that an employee of one of our vendors was tragically struck and killed by a shuttle bus outside Valhalla Golf Club. This is heartbreaking for all of us involved in the PGA Championship. We send our sincere condolences to their family and loved ones.”

More than an hour later, at 6:18 a.m., a detective directing traffic near the crash site attempted to stop Scottie Scheffler, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, as he attempted to drive around the stopped traffic in a car marked PGA to enter. Valhalla, according to court documents.

Scheffler “refused to comply and accelerated, causing Detective Gillis to the ground,” according to the arrest report.

Scheffler was arrested near Valhalla Gate One a few minutes later, at 6:20 a.m.

Police said he did not follow instructions and injured an LMPD detective with his vehicle.

Gillis was taken to hospital with cuts to his wrist and knee.

ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington witnessed the incident and captured part of it on video. In the video, you can hear Scheffler say “can you help me?” »

Later in the video, a police officer says, “Here’s the problem: Right now, right now, he’s going to jail. He’s going to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it, period. There’s nothing you can do about it. ” he.”

Darlington reported that Scheffler, who was in a vehicle marked PGA, was ordered to stop, but “slowly moved forward” before finally stopping and rolling down his window. That’s when the detective opened the door, removed Scheffler from the vehicle and arrested him.

Scheffler is charged with felony assault on a police officer, criminal mischief, reckless driving and failure to obey signals from officers directing traffic, according to court records. He was deemed low risk and was released on recognizance by police.

Scheffler returned to the course at 9:12 a.m. and WDRB saw him return to the practice field around 10 a.m. for his tee time.

He is scheduled to appear in court in Louisville on May 21.

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