No charges against officer who hit struck woman in OTR
A Cincinnati Police patrol car hit a pedestrian Nov. 9 on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine. FOX19 file photo
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The Cincinnati City Prosecutor's Office has decided not to file charges against a Cincinnati Police officer or a pedestrian whom he struck last November on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine.
Police said Friday that Officer Orlando Smith was operating a marked police vehicle south on Vine Street. Smith had on his emergency lights and siren.
Natalie Cole, 36, was crossing Vine Street and was not in a crosswalk. Cole was hit by Smith's patrol car. She was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where she was treated and released.
Cole had significant levels of morphine and cocaine metabolites in her system, according to reports police received from the Hamilton County coroner. Witnesses told police that Cole ran across the street diagonally and didn't look in the direction of the Smith's approaching car.
Police responded to the incident at approximately 7:19 p.m. Nov. 9 in the 1800 block of Vine Street.