UPDATE: Man hit and killed by police officer identified


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who was hit and killed by a Lexington Police officer overnight has been identified.

The Fayette County Coroner says 50-year old Dave Miles died of multiple blunt force injuries at UK Hospital just before 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

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Lexington Police say around 2:30 a.m., an officer driving on Euclid Avenue near Woodland Avenue, struck Miles with his police car.

Police say the officer was on-duty at the time, responding to a request from another officer for assistance on a traffic stop.

Investigators say the officer’s body-worn camera was activated when he hit Miles.

According to the Catholic Action Center, Miles has been homeless around five years, the shelter is grieving after losing one of their own. Friends at the shelter say they remember his smile and friendly personality.

Eric Oagle said he always saw him around, and he gave others hope.

“It’s always a blessing to have a positive person who is nice to everybody in the community and who has a good heart and who wants to do better for themselves. He kept to himself, he was friendly, nice, approachable, presentable to the community.”

The Lexington Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) is investigating the accident. The department’s Public Integrity Unit is also conducting an internal review.

The officer’s name wasn’t released. He has been administratively reassigned while the investigation continues, which is standard operating procedure anytime an officer is involved in a pedestrian death.

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