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Police, Witness Paint Different Views Of Middletown Crash

Middletown Police Chief Mike Bruck answers questions surrounding the incident. Middletown Police Chief Mike Bruck answers questions surrounding the incident.
Miranda Jones told the media that the police cruiser had its lights on but she didn't hear a siren. Miranda Jones told the media that the police cruiser had its lights on but she didn't hear a siren.

Tensions continue to run high after a police officer struck and killed a pedestrian Sunday while going to help a fellow officer in trouble.

The victim's family and friends are telling a different story from the police account that was released on Monday.

In two separate calls to 911 in Middletown on the night that 75-year-old Donald McCray was killed by a speeding police cruiser paint the grim picture. In one, a caller states that officer David Kirsch hit McCray as he was riding his bike and failed to stop to help him. In the other, the caller said that the cruiser was traveling nearly one hundred miles per hour.

McCray, who had left a nearby bar, was crossing Grand Avenue around two in the morning and several witnesses were nearby and saw the horrifying incident.

Police held a press conference on Monday and told the gathering that they understood the family's pain.

"We sure understand how upset they are and how angry some of them are even now," said Middletown Police Chief Mike Bruck.

Bruck continued saying that all indications pointed to Kirsch, who is also the local FOP president, was following procedure.

"He had his red lights and siren on," said Bruck. "All indications that he was following policy in that manner."

But a witness on the scene paints a different story.

"The sirens weren't on. The lights were flashing but the sirens weren't on in time for (McCray) to react," said a friend of the man known as "Pops" Miranda Jones.

Jones and others also say that Kirsch was driving very fast althought the department has not been able to determine how fast.

What is known about Kirsch is that in his first ten years with the Middletown Police Department, he was disciplined for use of force and traffic accidents.

"He probably has more than average traffic accidents in his file," said the chief.

McCray's family and friends say that they want justice.

"If it was somebody else that hit someone, they would be fast to prosecute them. I just want him to be able to rest in peace," said Jones.

But Bruck said that regardless of the situation, the police department will investigate.

"The police department represents the citizens. We don't just represent the police officers so we're gonna get to the bottom of what happened and we'll do what we need to do to fix it if it needs fixed."

The witnesses also claim that the officer did not stop after hitting McCray. Police respond by saying his car came to rest down the road where he crawled out of the shattered drivers' side window and went back to check on him.

That's when police say that bystanders began to pelt Kirsch with rocks and bottles.

We'll have the latest on the investigation on FOX19.com and on the FOX19 Ten O'clock News.

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