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CPD: Driver who hit firefighter not cited yet

Posted: 11:49 AM, May 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-02 22:03:01Z

CINCINNATI -- The driver who struck and killed Cincinnati firefighter Jordan Pieniazek Sunday morning has not been cited or charged, but Cincinnati Police Traffic Unit Commander Bruce Hoffbauer said the driver could face charges depending on information found during the investigation.

"We're reconstructing the scene and looking for any witnesses...before we consider charges," Hoffbauer said.

Hoffbauer said the other driver drove left of center on Winton Road and struck Pieniazek, who was riding a motorcycle.

Read more about Pieniazek here

He said the driver -- who drove a small black car -- was cooperative at the scene, "seemed calm" and "showed no signs of impairment." Hoffbauer said investigators have not yet recovered the driver's phone.

"When we have the phone it may reveal more information," Hoffbauer said when asked about distracted driving.

"We handle these kinds of investigations, but this one is a little different," Hoffbauer said. "He’s a first responder like the police officers are, so it’s a little more difficult for us. Our condolences go out to the family."