Liquor bottle added to investigation of girl hit, killed by patrol car
After an 11-year-old was struck and killed by a Rutherford County sheriff's deputy on Bradyville Pike in Murfreesboro last month several witnesses came forward and said they saw the deputy, Detective Sgt. Ron Killings, disposing of what looked to be a liquor bottle.
Police did not investigate those claims.
Tuesday, the Murfreesboro Police Department admitted a mistake was made, saying the bottle near the crash may have belonged to Sgt. Killings.
"The bottle came to the attention of the FACT [or fatal accident crash team] investigators the night of the crash, however, the bottle was not collected at he time of the initial investigation," the department said in a statement.
In response to the mistake, the chief of police issued the following statement, "The Murfreesboro Police Department regrets the error and has addressed this issue with the investigators involved."
Lekeisha White died in the accident.
One her relatives saved the bottle and contacted an attorney.
"What he did was wrong and the whole police department owes us an apology," said White's aunt, Kim Coleman. "...They're finally seeing that the truth is coming out, and you know, I'm just waiting on justice."
After the accident Sgt. Killings was place on placed on administrative leave.
Blood tests revealed he had no alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said it stands by Sgt. Killings and he is now off administrative leave.
Murfreesboro police are not commenting on the investigation.
Since his blood test revealed no alcohol in his system, the police department does not believe the alcohol bottle is a relevant factor in the crash.
White was from Hopkinsville, Kentucky and visiting her grandmother for the summer when the incident occurred.