Ky. Girl Hit, Killed By Sheriff Deputy's Car

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Leo Location: south end of the commonwealth on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:32 AM
    It's good to see there are at least two citizens who never drive over the posted speed limit. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
  • by j Location: knott on Jul 19, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    Leo you are right. I bet he gets sued anyway. It has happened to the best and then the worst seem to always get off easy.
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on Jul 19, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    I guess he was doing the posted speed limit....yeah right!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Jul 19, 2008 at 04:41 AM
    Okay he had a clean blood test. Good for him. Now, I wonder how fast he was driving???
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:33 PM
    My heart goes out to all involved. The families of both the little girl and the cop. Tragedy can hit any of us at any given time.
  • by Leo Location: south end of commonwealth on Jul 18, 2008 at 04:17 PM
    A tragedy for all involved. I'm glad they gave the officer a blood test. Had they not, first thing some folks would start screaming is how cops are "above the law". This way there can be no suspicion. Could have happened to any of us.


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