TAMPA,FL (WFLA)-Tampa police are no longer searching for the hit and run driver who killed William McIntire June 28th on 40th St. near Flora. It turns out the car in question is one of their own and so is the driver. “We found out yesterday through forensic evidence that it was police officer’s vehicle that was involved,” said Tampa Police Spokeswoman Andrea Davis.
Davis won’t identify the officer or reveal much else because the case is an open investigation. McIntire was laying in the middle of 40th St. after midnight when the undercover officer’s unmarked jeep struck him in the head. The officer was on-duty at the time and is now on paid administrative leave. Detectives are still trying to determine basic information about the case such as whether officer knew he struck McIntire and why McIntire was laying in the roadway before the crash.
Tampa police reported five years ago on another incident in which a citizen reported finding McIntire passed out drunk on 40th St. In that incident no vehicles hit him and paramedics took McIntire to the hospital. McIntire is married and has four children. His wife told Eight on Your Side the family is grief stricken. Tampa police say it will be up to Hillsborough prosecutors to decide whether any criminal charges are merited in this case. “This very like cold be a tragic accident but until that information is in we’re not going to guess,” said Davis.
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