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Off-Duty Cherokee Officer Charged With Leaving the Scene of an Accident Claims He Wasn't Aware He Hit Someone

May 25, 2022 8:36am

An off-duty Cherokee police officer, who authorities say struck a young child with a pickup and then left the scene, is claiming that he was unaware he hit anyone.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, around 3:30 this past Friday afternoon, 52-year-old Michael McGee was driving a pickup truck north on North Roosevelt Street in Cherokee, when he struck a six-year-old girl in the crosswalk of the intersection of North Roosevelt and Indian Streets. A crash report says McGee left the scene after striking the girl.

According to an affidavit filed in Cherokee County District Court, McGee says he didn’t believe he hit anyone, and continued north to the city garage. The affidavit says McGee unloaded several children's swimming pools at the city garage, which were stacked in his truck bed, and placed them in a city dumpster. McGee also reportedly put “potentially identifying items” into the dumpster.

McGee told investigators that he panicked when he heard the ambulance dispatched to the accident scene, and returned his vehicle home. The six-year-old girl suffered a concussion from the accident.

McGee is charged with “leaving the scene of an injury accident,” which is a serious misdemeanor.