San Antonio, TX – An unnamed police officer ran over a 63-year-old woman and killed her this fourth of July when he was responding to a call about illegal fireworks.

According to witnesses, the officer responded to a call in the 14500 block of Crainwood street and spoke to a man about setting off illegal fireworks in the neighborhood. It was not clear whether this resident received a fine or just a warning.

When the officer was finished with the call, he got back into his car and began pulling away from the house when he hit 63-year-old Josephine Carter. Carter had reportedly left her house to speak with the officer as he was pulling away, but he did not see her and ran her over.

That morning, the kind-hearted Carter posted a video to her Facebook page wishing everyone a safe 4th of July.

Sergeant Jesse Salame told KENS5 that the officer did not even see the woman in the street.


“He heard a thud on the left side of his vehicle, the left front side. He immediately got out and saw that he had struck the woman,” Salame said.

The car rolled over the woman’s leg causing her to fall and strike her head on the ground. Carter was later pronounced dead at the scene, likely due to the head trauma.

Police are not releasing the name of the officer, but they said in a statement that he worked for the department for 6 years and was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

“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,” Salame said.

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“We’re going to look into every aspect of it. We’re going to use the dash cam, the body cam, whatever evidence is available to us, in addition, we can tell how fast the officer was going,” he added.

The department said, however, that they don’t believe speed was a factor and said that the cul-de-sac was dark and that Carter was wearing dark clothing.

“Was the officer looking at the road, was the person in the roadway, were they wearing dark clothing. 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,” Salame said.

According to FOX29, investigators will be sifting through the dash cam video footage to determine if there was any fault on the part of the officer.

Ed Lilly, one of Carter’s neighbors described the scene after the collision.

“He just kept saying, ‘I ran over her. I ran over the girl. I got down and felt her arm. I thought maybe she was just unconscious or something,” Lilly said.

Another neighbor told reporters that Carter was a kind woman who would “do anything for anyone.”

According to a report by United State Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least four people were killed in firework-related incidents last year, with another 11,100 being treated for injuries. 68 percent of those injuries were reported between June 18, 2016, and July 18, 2016. However, this is no reason to impose laws on people who are responsible for their own well-being.

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It is ironic that millions of people across the country celebrate freedom by breaking the law to set off fireworks, when the fact that fireworks are illegal should make it clear that freedom does not exist in this country.

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  • Damiana

    It is ironic that millions of people across the country celebrate freedom by breaking the law to set off fireworks, when the fact that fireworks are illegal should make it clear that freedom does not exist in this country.

    I don’t know – let’s ask Alanis! Seriously though, THAT is the textbook definition of irony… NOT “rain on your wedding day” or “a free ride when you’ve already paid.” (That last one doesn’t even make sense.)

    • G’ma G

      Just before entering the city limits of Spokane there is a giant billboard proclaiming “All Fireworks Are Illegal In Spokane.” It then goes on to say come to one of the “public fireworks displays”. Can the hubris and hypocrisy of the “ruling class” be any clearer?

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  • Kevin L Carlson

    Due to your sensational head line I assumed the cop was driving at high speed and killed an innocent person. It’s still a tragedy, however you guys don’t need to pump up a head line like that. The lady’s family is likely devastated and we can be certain the cop is devastated as well

    • crazytrain2

      I agree 100%. The headline made it seem like the officer was racing to a call and hit her. I was then wondering if it was a fireworks call, or a shots fired, which some fireworks calls come in as. But on the 4th, all cops should be cognizant that it is probably not an actual shots fired call. But that is a moot point, as the officer struck her when he was leaving the call. This is a tragedy, not something that denotes that the cop did something wrong, but hey, anything to cast a negative light, eh?

    • REALConservative

      No matter what you assumed, how does that make any difference?

      Seems as though his action was no less excusable at low speed.

  • REALConservative

    As usual, I will predict that they will investigate themselves and find that there is no specific departmental policy against striking and killing pedestrians with their police cruisers when investigating the possibility of illegal fireworks.

    It is literally that stupid these days.

    Long past are the days when it was respectable to be a cop in America.

  • Rob W

    He was placed on paid vacation while being cleared.