Driver accused of killing Tennessee officer from Tri-State surrenders

Police officer with Tri-State roots killed

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The driver accused of hitting and killing a Chattanooga police officer in the line of duty who has ties to the Tri-State turned herself in Monday morning.

Janet Elaine Hinds surrendered to the Chattanooga Police Department after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added her to their Top Ten Most Wanted list, police said in a tweet.

Nicholas Galinger, 38, was killed Saturday. He just graduated from the police academy in January, police said in a statement.

He will be buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Clermont County’s Union Township, according to relatives who work for New Richmond Fire Department.

T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home in Mt. Washington is handling arrangements, his family said.

Galinger was hit Saturday night by Hinds in a passing sport utility vehicle as he inspected a manhole cover that had water flowing from it, police said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Officers searched for a 2017/2018 Honda CRV with front end damage they say fled the scene.

The SUV was located in Tennessee, Chattanooga police said in a Facebook Live video.

Investigators tracked it down so fast by producing a list of all active registrations of Honda CRVs in the state, Chief David Roddy said in the video.

They worked through the night Saturday and throughout the day Sunday trying to locate those vehicles and pinpoint it to one with the same damage as the one that fled the scene, he said.

The suspected driver was identified later Sunday.

Chief David Roddy with an update on the search for the vehicle & driver involved in the hit & run that caused the death of CPD Officer Nicholas Galinger.

Posted by Chattanooga Police Department on Sunday, February 24, 2019

Law enforcement agencies across the nation and locally are expressing their condolences to Chattanooga police on social media.

@ChattanoogaPD & your entire community are in our thoughts & prayers at the loss of Officer Nicholas Galinger,” Cincinnati police said in a tweet.

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