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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Two Murfreesboro police officers have been punished for how they handled an investigation into the death of 11-year-old Lakeisha White.
Rutherford County sheriff's detective Ron Killings' unmarked car hit and killed Lakeisha on July 17, 2008.
Lakeisha was visiting her grandmother from Hopkinsville, Kentucky when she was hit crossing Bradyville Pike. FACT commander Sgt. Sam Campbell said at the time that Lakeisha darted in front of Killings' vehicle and that he 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.
"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," said eyewitness Jonathan Smith.
Witnesses said Killings tried to get rid of two bottles of pre-mixed margaritas. Blood tests performed on Killings two-and-a-half hours after the crash came back negative for drugs and alcohol.
Killings was on-duty when the incident happened, and was placed on administrative leave.