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Two Officers Punished For Crash Investigation

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Lakeisha White Lakeisha White
Rutherford County Sheriff's detective Sgt. Ron Killings Rutherford County Sheriff's detective Sgt. Ron Killings
Murfreesboro Police Sgt. Sam Campbell Murfreesboro Police Sgt. Sam Campbell
Murfreesboro Police Sgt. Sean Murphy Murfreesboro Police Sgt. Sean Murphy

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.

Campbell told NewsChannel 5 at the time that a routine blood alcohol test was taken on the scene, but that there was "no evidence that would indicate alcohol was involved." 

In August, Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said Campbell had been suspended with pay after he disclosed the time lapse between the crash and blood-alcohol sample.

Sgt. Sam Campbell resigned from his post as commander of the crash team in October. He was also suspended for 10 days without pay and placed on 6-months of probation.

Sgt. Sean Murphy has resigned from his post as assistant commander of the department crash team and has received a written reprimand.

Murfreesboro police planned to release internal findings into the way officers conducted their initial crash investigation.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said their prayers were with Lakeisha's family, and that Killings has an exemplary record.

"Killings has two young daughters and is understandbly devastated by this accident," said Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin in a press release.

NewsChannel 5 has learned that Ron Killings is still employed and on duty at the Rutherford County Sheriffs Office.

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