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Safety agency clears police department in officer’s death

August 21, 2019

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A police department in Tennessee has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the hit-and-run death of one of its officers.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed its investigation Tuesday in the death of 38-year-old Nicholas Galinger.

Police say Galinger was hit while inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it due to heavy rain in February. Fifty-five-year-old Janet Hinds is charged in the crash in Hixson.

TOSHA sent a letter to Chattanooga’s Director of Safety Mike Anthony, and Galinger’s mother, stating the Chattanooga Police Department didn’t violate its safety standards.

Community members and Hinds’ defenders questioned the incident, saying Galinger and his field training officer weren’t wearing reflective vests, their cruiser lights weren’t on and it was dark and raining.

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

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