Woman Allegedly Killed Rookie Cop With Her Car As He Was Inspecting Manhole Cover

Janet Elaine Hinds allegedly struck Nicholas Galinger with her Honda CR-V while speeding on a rainy night.

By Gina Tron
Janet Hinds, Nicolas Galinger

Just hours after a Tennessee woman was placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted List for allegedly killing a police officer in a hit-and-run collision, she turned herself into the authorities.

Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger was killed on Saturday night by a Honda CRV who collided with him while he was inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it, according to the Chattanooga Police Department. The driver didn't’ stop.

Galinger was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries and died shortly after.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Chattanooga police officer Nicholas Galinger succumbed to his injuries,” Chattanooga police Chief David Roddy said during a news conference held on Sunday. “The department, this community lost not just an officer but a son, a father, a friend and a protector.”

By Sunday afternoon, a white Honda CR-V with a cracked windshield and damaged hood was found parked in the driveway in Hixson, according to the Times Free Press in Chattanooga.  The alleged owner of the vehicle, Janet Elaine Hinds, was not home. Law enforcement seized the damaged vehicle.

Soon after, Hinds was added to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Top Ten Most Wanted list. She was wanted for vehicular homicide in connection to the death of the officer.

She turned herself into police just hours after, according to the Chattanooga Police. She has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with death, reckless driving, failure to render aid, violation of a traffic control device, speeding, and failure to report an accident.

Hinds is accused of  speeding through the rain and crossing the double center line when she struck Galinger, according to the Tennessean. Her bond has been set at $300,000 with house arrest. 

Police have thanked the public for their outpouring of support and condolences for Galinger. He had graduated from the academy just one month ago.

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