Woman suspected in fatal hit-and-run with Chattanooga officer turns herself in

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A woman accused of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run crash where a Chattanooga officer was killed turned herself in to authorities Monday after she was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted List. 

Janet Elaine Hinds, 54, turned herself into Chattanooga Police early Monday after she was added to the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List. 

Hinds is suspected of striking Officer Nicholas Galinger on Hamill Road while he was inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it. 

He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he later died.  

Officer Galinger was 38 years old and graduated from the police academy in January. 

Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy says the community “lost not just an officer. We lost a son, a father, a friend, and a protector.”

Hinds is facing charges of vehicular homicide.

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