Woman Convicted Of Vehicular Homicide In Officer's Death

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman of vehicular homicide by intoxication in the hit-and-run death of a Chattanooga police officer.

Jurors deliberated at the Hamilton County Courthouse for nearly 15 hours before returning the verdict on Saturday for Janet Hinds in the 2019 death of Officer Nicholas Galinger, news outlets reported.

She also was convicted of reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crime, failure to report an accident, speeding, failing to exercise due care, failure to maintain lane and driving under the influence. Hinds was acquitted of failure to render aid and violating a traffic control device.

The verdict came after a six-day trial before Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole. Hinds hit Galinger with her car late one night while he was inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it. Prosecutors agued that Hinds had too much to drink and was driving faster than the speed limit. Defense attorney Ben McGowan argued that the crash was misfortunate, but an accident.

Hinds was scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1.