Family of Kentucky child killed by Tennessee deputy files lawsuit

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The family of an 11-year-old Kentucky girl has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a deputy who struck and killed her as she crossed the street last month.

A spokeswoman for the Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk's office on Monday confirmed the family of Lakeisha White, of Hopkinsville, Ky., filed suit on Friday. It names Rutherford County, the sheriff's office and Sgt. Ron Killings as defendants.

Also on Friday, Murfreesboro Police suspended a commander after disclosing a two-hour lapse between the July 17 accident and when Killings had to submit to a blood-alcohol sample.

A bottle of premixed margaritas was recovered by a witness who told police he saw Killings dispose of it after striking the girl.

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

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  • by Tim Location: Shelbyville on Aug 12, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    if he was guilty he needs to pay for his crime. But people getting down on a man for what could have been a accident. Grow up its funny how when a police officer does happen to make a mistake or is in a accident they are automaticly to blame. My question is why was a 11 year old girl playing in the street. Why are her parents not being sued for the mental distress that the officer has sustained. And why was the supposed alcohol not brought forth right when the whole accident occured. Sorry for the mispelled words i get ahead of myself when i get fired up
  • by renee Location: Tennessee on Aug 11, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    Thats when you know we need a better sheriff or better laws,these cops should be tested everyday and monitored on ever where they are or go, thts so sad tht a 11 year old girl had to die, and tht family with everything there going through right now, this cop should get fired, what would he do if that was his child that got hit?? that poor family and there loss, may god be with them.


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