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Family Wants Special Prosecutor In Fatal Crash Probe

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - There's new evidence and possibly a new investigation into the death of an 11-year-old Kentucky girl hit and killed by a Rutherford County sheriff's detective.

Lakeisha White's family said that they have lost all faith in the system. That's why her relatives met with the district attorney Thursday to express their concerns.

Her family wants a special prosecutor summoned from out of the county to try the case. They also want the Tennessee Highway Patrol to investigate the crash.

"The burden is being heavier on the family to have to go through all this and to know now that we can't even trust the system," said Rose Collier, Lakeisha's grandmother.

"We just want justice served," said one relative. "We just want all the truth to come out."

In July, detective Sgt. Ron Killings was driving an unmarked car when he hit Lakeisha as she crossed Bradyville Pike. It happened before 9 p.m. He was placed on administrative leave during the Murfreesboro Police Department's investigation.

The night of the crash, the girl's relatives and witnesses said they saw liquor bottles at the scene. But police did not collect them as evidence.

"We don't have nothing to lie about," said one woman. "And I know what I seen."

Weeks later, Murfeesboro police admitted that the bottles were present and that the department made a mistake by not collecting them.

They also said a blood sample taken from Killings more than two hours after the crash tested negative.

"We feel pretty certain that if there was alcohol or drugs there that (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) toxicology report would have found it," said Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman.

"I think it was rigged up," said a relative. "That's my honest opinion."

"If it was one of us, we would have went straight to the hospital and been blood tested," Collier said.

Murfreesboro police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The district attorney did not return calls from NewsChannel 5 Thursday.

"I don't want them to investigate nothing, to have anything to do with this" said a loved one.

"We don't want her death to be in vain," Collier said.

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