KPD Officer on leave after crash kills woman

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A Knoxville Police Department officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay after he was involved in a car crash that killed a woman Friday morning. 

Mauricio Luna, 27, of Knoxville, was killed in the collision.

Officer Cody Klingmann, 30, was released from an area hospital after receiving treatment for minor injuries, according to law enforcement officials. 

State troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol are investigating the crash. They will forward their conclusions to Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen, who will determine whether criminal charges should be filed. 

KPD’s Internal Affairs Unit will also review the incident to determine if any policies or procedures were violated. 

The crash took place about 3 a.m. Friday while KPD units were responding to “an in-progress burglary at a business in the 4800 block of Kingston Pike,” according to KPD spokesperson Scott Erland. 

“Responding officers were traveling eastbound on Kingston Pike when a passenger vehicle pulled onto Kingston Pike in front of a KPD cruiser near Cheshire Drive, and a collision occurred. The driver of the passenger vehicle was pronounced deceased on the scene,” Erland said. 

Luna, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a 2015 Honda Civic. Officer Klingmann was behind the wheel of a 2015 Dodge Charger and wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, according to preliminary information provided by THP Lt. Stacey Heatherly.

Luna was trying to make a left turn onto Kingston Pike from Cheshire Drive when she pulled in front of the Dodge driven by Klingmann, which struck the Honda “in the driver side center,” the release said.

Authorities didn’t say whether Klingmann was using his emergency lights and siren at the time of the collision, or if he appeared to be traveling within the speed limit. They also didn’t release any information on the reported business burglary that Klingmann was responding to. 

Published on August 16, 2021