Charges are not expected to be filed against a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officer who struck and killed a pedestrian early on the morning of April 5.
Florentino Lopez was off-duty and in his personal vehicle when he hit Carolyn Rahn at the intersection of Hodgeville and Kolic Helmey roads on April 5 around 12:30 a.m. Rahn was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center. She died Wednesday.
Trooper H.H. Gilliard of the Georgia State Patrol’s Post 42 said Lopez did everything he could do to avoid Rahn and he did not see her until it was too late.
“He said he tried to miss her,” Gilliard said. “But he was on her right then and there.”
According to Gilliard, Rahn had just left her house and was walking down the road at the time of the accident. He does not know if she was crossing the road or if she was standing in it when she was struck by Lopez’s 1999 Chevy Silverado truck.
Gilliard is waiting on blood test results from Rahn. Lopez was said to be driving the speed limit, 35 mph.
Since Lopez has been found to not be at fault and was off duty, the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department is not taking action against him, according to Sgt. Mike Wilson.