Indiana police officer strikes and kills late-night skateboarder with patrol car

An Indiana law enforcement officer, guiding the wheel of his patrol car, struck and killed a 22-calendar year-outdated skateboarder in the center of the night, authorities claimed Monday.

Dylan Stinson, 22, died in the crash that transpired at about 2:07 a.m. Sunday in Alexandria, which is about 55 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis, officials mentioned.

Officer Zachary Taylor, 31, was put on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office environment as is standard treatment, law enforcement reported.

“Our prayers are for the relatives of the target, as well as for our officer in this awful accident,” according to an Alexandria law enforcement assertion.

Taylor was on his common patrol, driving south on State Road 9 when he strike Stinson, Alexandria Police Chief Terry Richwine informed NBC Information on Monday. That extend of road is normally very dark during overnight hours, with a row of companies on a single side of the road and a cemetery on the other, the chief extra.

Richwine mentioned it truly is not obvious why Stinson was skateboarding at that strange hour: “I have no judgment on that.”

Taylor and a union representative for the officer couldn’t be instantly arrived at for comment on Monday. The officer joined the Alexandria Law enforcement Department just two months back from another close by company, in accordance to Richwine.

Kimberly Flores Gaynor contributed.