A police officer crashed into a 63-year-old pedestrian, Josephine Carter, on July 4 while answering a call about illegal fireworks in San Antonio, Texas (video below).
Right before the officer hit Carter, he was questioning someone about the fireworks in a cul-de-sac and began to drive away when he felt something hit his car, reports KSAT.
"[The officer] heard a thud on the left front side of his vehicle. He immediately got out and saw that he had struck the woman," San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Jesse Salame told KENS.
According to police, Carter fell to the ground, suffered a head trauma and died at the scene.
The officer was placed on administrative duty during the investigation, but Salame suggested the officer was already in the clear: "It's not a finding that he did anything wrong or that he's in any kind of trouble, but because of the nature of the incident and somebody lost their life."
The traffic unit and internal affairs office are reportedly investigating the incident.
"We're going to look into every aspect of it," Salame said. "We're going to use the dashcam, the bodycam, whatever evidence is available to us, in addition we can tell how fast the officer was going."
Although the investigation has just started, the police department said speed was likely not a factor, but cited the dark cul-de-sac and dark clothing that Carter was wearing.
"Was the officer looking at the road, was the person in the roadway, were they wearing dark clothing, how fast was he going?" Salame stated. "There's a bunch of questions that need to be answered before we can make any real definitive statements on the status of the case and what's going to happen."
"[The officer] just kept saying, 'I ran over her. I ran over the girl,'" Ed Lilly, a neighbor of Carter, told KSAT. "I got down, and felt her arm because I thought maybe she was just unconscious or something."
According to KABB, the officer was speaking to a man in his 40s who was shooting off the fireworks, when Carter, who was the man's mother, walked towards the police car to speak to the officer.
Police said they will review the officer's body and dashcam video of the incident. The officer's name has not been released.
Ironically, Carter posted a safety warning on Facebook on July 4 that read: "From our home to yours. We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July."
Facebook users commented on the posting: "My condolences to the family. Sending many prayers," and, "RIP Josie. We are so sad and will pray for comfort for your family."