Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Police Officer in Chattanooga, Tennessee
CHATTANOOGA, TN. – According to a news report posted online by theepochtimes.com, a hit-and-run driver killed a police officer in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The officer was inspecting a manhole when the driver hit him, and the driver ended up turning herself in to authorities.*
The incident occurred in the evening on February 24 in the 200 block of Port Drive in Chattanooga. A 38-year-old officer with the Chattanooga Police Department was inspecting a manhole that was overflowing with water because of a rainstorm. Police and The Epoch Times report that a vehicle traveling on Port Drive crossed over the center line of the road, crashed into a warning sign in front of the manhole, then hit the officer.
Police reported that the driver was speeding and left the scene after the collision. The Epoch Times reports that the officer, who had only graduated from the police academy in January, died of his injuries.
The Chattanooga Police Department reportedly found a Honda CR-V that appeared to have been involved in the accident in the neighborhood near the accident site. The vehicle had front-end damage. Authorities identified the owner of the vehicle, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation posted the suspect’s information to its Top Ten Most Wanted list on social media.
The following day, a 54-year-old woman from Chattanooga turned herself in in connection with the accident. The Epoch Times reports that the woman was charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and violation of a traffic control device. Her bond was reportedly set at $300,000.
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