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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro girl was killed overnight when she was hit by a car, and Friday morning confirmed reports said a deputy was behind the wheel of the unmarked car.
According to Murfreesboro police, veteran Detective Sgt. Ron Killings hit and killed 11-year-old Lakeisha White Thursday night.
Killings was on duty when the tragic accident happened at 8:43 p.m. on Bradyville Pike.
Witnesses and family members said Lakeisha was visiting her grandmother, who lives in Murfreesboro, when she was hit crossing the street.
FACT commander Sgt. Sam Campbell said that Lakeisha darted in front of Killings' vehicle and that Killings never saw her.
Lakeisha's cousin, who witnessed the incident, said the car dragged her down the street before stopping.
"That's when I went to get my mom to tell her she got ran over. That 's when we saw her laying there, beside the mailbox," said Raynesha Carneal, Lakeisha's cousin.
"I saw an undercover police officer going real fast. The girl was crossing the street; he hit her and when he hit her she landed at the mailbox. He got out of the car throwing a bottle. He got a cover to cover her up," eyewitness Jonathan Smith said.
Campbell said he "found no evidence that would indicate alcohol was involved". A routine blood alcohol test was taken on the scene, but the results of that test have not been released.
"There have been other media reports that he put a blanket on her. What he did, Sgt. Killings is also apart of our FAST: our tactical team if you will. He removed his Nomex flight suit that he wears with the team and covered her up assuming she may go into shock," said Sgt. Dan Goodwin with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.
Lakeisha was flown to Vanderbilt where she died around midnight. Officials said it will take at least three days to reconstruct the scene.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said their prayers were with Lakeisha's family, and that they stand by Killings. They said he has an exemplary record.
"Killings has two young daughters and is understandbly devastated by this accident," said Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin in a press release.
Friday night Killings was on administrative leave.