Hit-and-run in Grove cityColumbus chief wants officer to be firedTuesday, March 25, 2008 3:04 AMLisa Smith has been assigned to desk duty." border="0">A Columbus police officer accused of hitting a 13-year-old bicyclist with her van then driving off should be fired, Police Chief James G. Jackson said.
Lisa Smith has been assigned to desk duty.
The recommendation from Jackson came a week before Lisa M. Smith, 44, is due to be sentenced for the Nov. 3 crash that injured the boy.
Smith pleaded no contest last month to a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run driving for striking Justin Richie as he pedaled along Southwest Boulevard in Grove City. A judge then found her guilty.
Smith, a 17-year police veteran, was off duty at the time and driving her personal vehicle. She had been at a Grove City bar before the crash, according to a police report.
Judge Scott D. VanDerKarr of Franklin County Municipal Court has told Smith that she faces up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and a license suspension of at least six months when she is sentenced Monday. A charge of failure to control was dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Smith has been assigned to desk duty in the vice unit while the case progresses.
Jackson's recommendation now goes to Safety Director Mitchell Brown, who will decide whether to fire her.
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