Mayor responds to hit and run death of Chattanooga officer
A $300,000 bond has been set for the woman accused in the deadly hit-and-run that killed Chattanooga Police officer Nicholas Galinger. Janet Hinds surrendered to authorities Monday morning and made her first court appearance.
Galinger, who graduated from the police academy in January, was hit and killed by a car Sunday while inspecting an overflowing manhole.
"He was a new officer, but he had already been really beloved by the department,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “It's a horrible thing for our city and certainly I, and I know everybody in the city government, is thinking about his family."
A spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department said dozens of officers volunteered their time to help search for the vehicle they believed Hind’s was driving until it was found on Sunday.
Police believe Hinds was driving the SUV that struck and killed officer Galinger.
Mayor Andy Berke said he meets with the police chief every week to discuss what is happening around the city and ways to improve.
Mayor Berke said he met with Police Chief David Roddy Monday morning and wants the community to know the department is mourning the loss of Officer Galinger, but continues to serve the community.
"We also know that our officers get out there every day and even in these difficult circumstances do their job, and that's what Chief Roddy, I think, was making sure everybody knows,” said Berke. "Any time you lose somebody, it's personal. It's not just about the numbers. There are lots of viewers out there who have lost somebody that's their family, their co-worker, they know what that's like. It's no different in city government."
Mayor Berke said he has not reached out to Galinger's family yet, but plans to.
Funeral arrangements have been made for the officer in Ohio.