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Family Of Crash Victim Saddened by Allegations of a Dayton Officer

TROTWOOD -- A woman is shocked and saddened by news of a Dayton police officer accused of hindering the investigation into who hit and killed her mother.

Officer Erica Cash is accused of helping an acquaintance of hers in a fatal crash that killed 65-year-old Patricia Smith.

We spoke to her family, who says the news was heartbreaking.

"I walk around in a daze basically, try to live life day by day," said Angela Lovelace, Patricia's daughter.

Lovelace is lost without her mother.

"I miss my mom," said Lovelace, "That was my best friend we did everything together."

Patricia Smith was hit and killed while driving her car back in October.

Trotwood Police say Jermaine Griffin was speeding down Little Richmond Road when he hit Smith's car and then fled on foot.

"It killed me," said Lovelace, "something inside of me is gone.  Yeah, it killed me."

After an 8 month investigation, Trotwood Police believe Dayton Police Officer Erica Cash hindered their investigation, while she was supposed to help find Griffin.

She's now charged criminally for it.

"I'm sad because that's somebody you're supposed to trust," said Lovelace.

We searched through Cash's personnel record.  She's been on the force since 2008.

We found she's been commended for her work several times, and in one write-up, she was recognized for her high degree of professionalism.

Nothing to suggest she would do what she's accused of.

For Lovelace and her family, it's overwhelming, so they continue to pray for just one thing.

"We just want justice for my mom, that's all. We ain't trying to do nothing all crazy and all that, we just want the young man to come forward," said Lovelace.

Cash has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of the criminal case.

 
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