Ironton Officer Hits, Kills Pedestrian

From WCHS TV:

PEDESTRIAN HIT AND KILLED BY POLICE OFFICER
Ironton Officer on Paid Leave After Killing Pedestrian

Reported by: Steve Borecky
Videographer: Jarod Herrell
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
March 10, 2008 11:20pm

An Ironton police officer is on paid leave for hitting a man with his cruiser and then dragging him several blocks to his death. Patrolman, Richard Fouts, hit Guy Thomas Saturday night as he was walking out of the American Legion Hall. His body was then dragged ten blocks to the police station, where it was later found lodged under the vehicle.

The disabled Navy veteran’s family has more questions than answers about his death.

“Why didn’t he stop?” asked Louverne Miller, Thomas’ aunt. “Maybe he could have saved a life if he had stopped and called a rescue squad.”

Ironton Police Chief, Jim Carey, says Fouts was headed to work when he hit Thomas. He also took a drug and alcohol test right after the accident, but the results haven’t been released yet.

Fouts is on paid leave until the Ohio Bureau of Investigations figures out exactly what happened.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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