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Officer Runs Over Sleeping Woman While Driving Through Park

Officer Runs Over Sleeping Woman While Driving Through Park

Cincinnati Police officers on the scene where a women, presumed to be homeless, was sleeping on the ground when hit by a Cincinnati Police park unit vehicle trying to cut across Washington Park. (AP)

AP via YellowBrix

July 28, 2010

CINCINNATI, OH – Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was struck by a police cruiser in a Cincinnati park.

State Highway Police Sgt. Matt Hamilton says a Cincinnati police officer was patrolling Washington Park on Tuesday when he hit 48-year-old Joann Burton, who was lying under some blankets on the grass. She was taken to a local hospital, where police say she was pronounced dead less than an hour after the officer called for help.

Dozens of people gathered in the park for a memorial service Tuesday night.

Hamilton says the officer is cooperating with authorities. His name has not been released and no charges had been filed as of Tuesday night. Cincinnati police did not return a message seeking comment.

Authorities say an autopsy will be conducted Wednesday.

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    almost 4 years ago


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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    This is sad.

  • Adp_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I'm guessing that they don't permit the public in the park after dusk; this would be one reason why. At least the copper was man enough to own up to this obvious mistake.

  • Monday_march_3_police_blotter_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    BSYBEE, what the f are you talking about!!!!!!! LOL, learn how to write and as a matter of fact, learn how to think!

    Sorry everyone had to get that out of my system.. The officer I'm sure feels real bad for what happened but it was an accident. Just got to be more careful and watch out for people sleeping on the floor, hmmm.....!
    I hope everything turns out well for the officer, and to the victim and her family my prayers are with you. R.I.P

  • Dsc_0030_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Terrible, for the woman and her family, and the officer that had to live with such a tragedy.

  • Images_max50


    almost 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Unfortunately, Murphy's law applies to everybody. Under low-light conditions, it is especially difficult to catch sight of something low to the ground if you are turning. and watching where you are going, as opposed to where your lights are shining. I don't know if this was the case, but such a situation would have presented a very low probability of success.

  • On_the_job_002_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is a terrible situation for all involved. My heart goes out to the victim, family, and officer. This truly is a learning lesson !

  • Thinker_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Like others have said, very tragic on both sides. May the woman RIP and may the officer not be in agony although I'm sure he is. I reminder to all of us that we need to be alert at all times and be on-guard not only for the bad guys, but also for the unexpected...

  • Phone_pics_035_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is very unfortunate. Even though this was obviously an accident, the officer may have to pay for it. Hopefully it works out in the end.

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is a sad thing, but, why did she sleep on the ground? I'm sure there were benches, but most of all there are shelters she could have gone to. The officer had no way of knowing she was sleeping there. God bless him, cause I know it's gonna be tough on him for some time.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    It is unfortunate she was sleeping in the park for whatever reason. It is also unfortunate for the officer. He will have to deal with it for the rest of his life. A tragedy it is! It calls negative attention and we all know people love negative attention overlooking the positive. This could have been worse where no one knew about her death. I commend him for stepping up and doing the right thing. It is hard enough without getting beaten up by those that just do not know because they were not there. Like Whalewatcher said not enough information to comment further...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    What a tragedy. So sorry for the lady R.I.P.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Feel bad for the victim, her family and the officer. Not enough info here to comment further .......

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    There is no way bsybee is a "fellow officer", not with that poor grammer and structure, etc. I myself am not yet an officer but 6 months from being POST certified and I even know how to write.

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