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Officer who hit pedestrian on Euclid Avenue has been identified

Pedestrian struck by Lexington police cruiser

A pedestrian was struck by a Lexington police cruiser around 2:30 Wednesday morning on Euclid Avenue near Woodland Avenue.
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A pedestrian was struck by a Lexington police cruiser around 2:30 Wednesday morning on Euclid Avenue near Woodland Avenue.

The Lexington police officer who was involved in a collision that killed a pedestrian Wednesday has been identified as officer Jordan Truett.

Truett joined the Lexington Police Department in March 2013.

He was driving on Euclid Avenue near Woodland Avenue about 2:30 a.m. when he hit Dave Miles, 50. Miles was pronounced dead at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital just before 3 a.m. as a result of multiple blunt-force injuries.

Truett was responding to a request for help with a traffic stop by another officer. His lights and sirens were not on.

Truett has been placed on administrative duty during the investigation.

Last year, Truett was suspended without pay for nine weeks because of an incident on Aug. 16, 2015. According to a formal complaint against him, Truett arrested someone and took them to the jail without putting handcuffs on the person. He also booked the person into the jail without searching them and didn’t properly use the safety barrier in his vehicle during the transport, the complaint states.

He was suspended without pay between April 4 and June 5, 2016, and was to be scheduled for retraining on prisoner security and transportation, according to a personnel order. The Herald-Leader had previously received the documents as part of an open-records request for police formal disciplinary records.

Miles had a court record that included numerous misdemeanor charges in Lexington over the past few years and a traffic charge of hitchhiking/disregarding a traffic regulation by a pedestrian. That charge was dismissed in June, according to court records.

The crash Wednesday was the second fatal collision in two days involving a Kentucky police officer.

A Bowling Green woman, Joyce Smith, died after a crash involving a Kentucky State Police trooper on Monday.

Trooper Brian Gann was passing vehicles in a patrol car with his lights and siren activated when his cruiser hit the driver’s side of Smith’s pickup as she was turning left on William Simmons Road in Warren County, state police said.

Herald-Leader reporter Beth Musgrave contributed to this report. Karla Ward: 859-231-3314, @HLpublicsafety