Georgia officer fired after hit-and-run involving child
ROME, Ga. (AP) — A police officer in Georgia has been fired after he was charged in a hit-and-run incident that injured a 3-year-old child.
News outlets reported that 51-year-old Rome Lt. Richard Penson has been arrested and charged with reckless driving, hit-and-run and second-degree cruelty to children.
The police department said in a news release that Penson was off-duty and driving his own vehicle Dec. 17 when the accident occurred at a daycare pickup line and a child’s foot was hit.
It wasn’t known if Penson has an attorney.
Rome police asked the Georgia State Patrol to conduct the investigation.