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Safety agency investigating crash that killed officer

March 6, 2019

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it is investigating the circumstances of a crash that killed a Chattanooga police officer.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports agency spokesman Chris Cannon confirmed the investigation and said it was the first such probe involving police department in more than five years.

Officer Nicholas Galinger was killed by a hit-and-run driver in February while inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it due to heavy rain.

The safety administration does not typically investigate police deaths unless they involve an officer killed while directing traffic or in a work zone.

Police have charged 54-year-old Janet Elaine Hinds with vehicular homicide and a judge sent the case on Tuesday to a grand jury. Hinds’ attorney, Ben McGowan said several factors “show this is a tragic and unavoidable accident.”

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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