Pedestrian Struck By Squad Car Died At The Hospital

By Scott Sarvay

August 30, 2010 Updated Aug 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The pedestrian struck early Friday morning by a Fort Wayne police officer has died.

34-year-old Rodney Haynes was taken to the hospital in critical condition Friday after Officer Kevin Jolas struck the man at the split of Clinton Street and Lima Road.

Haynes died of his injuries this weekend.

Officials say Jolas was responding to a non-emergency call and did not have lights or sirens on.

Police Chief Rusty York says there does not appear to be anything inappropriate in this crash but they are taking extra precautions with the investigation.

He says they learned a lesson from a recent incident in Indianapolis where drunken driving charges against an officer in a fatal crash were dropped because a blood test wasn't taken properly.

Chief York says, “Recognizing that that was the case in Indianapolis, we not only gave the officer a portable breath test, which, administered by a member of the New Haven Police Department, that showed all zeroes, which we had anticipated, but we also had the officer's blood drawn at a local hospital, so we feel comfortable that we've done everything appropriate. Again, we have, we always want these investigations to be very objective, and with members of an outside agency actively involved, we know that's happening.”

Officer Jolas remains on leave as the investigation continues.

Resources are being offered to Jolas and the family of the victim to help them through this tragedy.




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