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Erlanger PD: Driver struck resource officer on crossing guard duty escorting students

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Posted at 11:10 AM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 13:52:13-04

ERLANGER, Ky. — A school resource officer with the Erlanger Police Department was struck by a vehicle Friday morning while he was walking some students across a Northern Kentucky street.

Officer Charles Loudermilk, a public information officer for the Erlanger Police Department, said Officer Joel Sheperd was escorting students across the street near the intersection of Baker Street and Commonwealth Avenue around 7:45 a.m. Friday when a vehicle, driven by 65-year-old Francis Hendy, struck him. Hendy stayed on scene of the crash.

Sheperd suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

At the time of the crash, Sheperd was wearing his reflective vest and was using a handheld light-up sign, according to Loudermilk.

Police arrested Hendy and charged him with operating a vehicle with a suspended license, driving without a license negligent in accident and disregarding signals from officer directing traffic.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.