Chattanooga Hit-and-Run Incident – Janet Hinds Murder Trial Begins.

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Nicholas Galinger Death – Cause of Death – In the year 2019, a Tennessee woman was accused of killing a police officer in a 2019 DUI crash, Testimony is underway in the hit-and-run murder trial of Janet Hinds.

On the 23rd of February, 2019, Nicholas Gallinger, 38, a rookie Chattanooga officer was killed around 11 p.m. while on duty.

According to the report, Nicholas was checking an overflowing manhole cover in the rain when he was struck. He later succumbed to his injuries.

According to his obituary, Nicholas had graduated from the Chattanooga Police Academy the month before his death. He was survived by a young son and daughter. He had relocated to Chattanooga the previous year to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer.

Janet Hinds Trial

Meanwhile, before Gallinger was killed, the murderer Janet Hinds has been seen at the Farm to Fork restaurant through the surveillance footage provided by the owner of the restaurant. She was seen at the restaurant from 7:02 p.m. until 10:37 p.m.

During the opening statement in the court this morning, the prosecutor showed screenshots from surveillance footage of Janet while consuming five alcoholic beverages that night.

Investigators recovered footage from Galinger’s body camera. The affidavit read: “The defendant while traveling at excessive speeds failed to maintain her lane, crossed the center double yellow line, and failed to observe and react to signs posted by Public Works covering exposed manhole covers due to excessive rain. The defendant struck a warning sign placed in the center of the roadway cautioning motorists of the exposed manhole cover.”

The affidavit also revealed that after the accident happened Hinds fled from the scene. Hinds has made no effort to stop after her vehicle hit Gallinger, who was seriously injured.

Officers performed CPR on their colleague for 30-minutes before Gallinger was pronounced dead.

On February 25th, 2019, Hind was exhibited on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. She turned herself in later that same morning. She was booked into Hamilton County Jail. Bond was set at $300,000.

Hinds faces nine charges in the incident:

  • Vehicular homicide
  • Speeding
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that caused death or personal injury
  • Failure to render aid
  • Violation of traffic control device
  • Failure to report an accident
  • Failure to exercise due care
  • Failure to maintain lane
  • Reckless driving