MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - A sheriff's deputy driving an unmarked car accidentally struck and killed an 11-year-old Kentucky girl who darted in front of his car along a road, police said Friday.
Murfreesboro Police detective James Boske said the girl was visiting her grandmother Thursday night when she was hit. She died early Friday at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Investigators believe Lakeisha White of Hopkinsville, Ky., darted in front of Rutherford County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Ron Killings' car and that he never saw her, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Dan Goodwin.
The 12-year veteran was on duty when the accident happened and
has been placed on routine administrative leave.
Killings was promoted to Criminal Investigation Division sergeant last fall after working more than eight years as a domestic violence investigator.
"Sgt. Killings' record is exemplary and we stand by him," Goodwin said in a news release. "Killings has two young daughters and is understandably devastated by this accident."
Goodwin added that "our prayers are with the family of Lakeisha
Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans said there is no indication that alcohol factored in the accident. Evans said Killings was given a blood test as part of police procedure.
Murfreesboro is about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.
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