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Police: Bottle Recovered Near Crash Belonged To Deputy

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Murfreesboro police said a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage recovered at a crash site on the night a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective struck and killed an 11-year-old girl belonged to the deputy.

On July 28, detective Sgt. Ron Killings struck and killed Lekeisha White with an unmarked patrol car.

"When the Department was notified of this finding, Murfreesboro Police Department Fatal Accident Crash Team (F.A.C.T.) investigators began working immediately to confirm this information.  Further investigation revealed that this bottle was indeed the property of Ron Killings," Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans said in a news release. "The bottle came to the attention of F.A.C.T. investigators the night of the crash, however, the bottle was not collected at the time of the initial investigation."

"Our investigators erred in not collecting the bottle at the time of the initial investigation.  The Murfreesboro Police Department regrets the error and has addressed this issue with the investigators involved," said Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said in a news release.

The news release stated that "while the bottle is evidence which will be included in the investigation, it is not believed to be relevant as a contributing factor to the causes of the crash."

Middle Tennessee Medical Center analyzed blood samples and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation concluded that neither alcohol, nor drugs were in Killings' blood at the time of the crash.

The crash still remains under investigation by the Fatal Accident Crash Team.

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