- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The latest developments on a crash involving an off-duty Indianapolis police officer who police say fatally stuck a pedestrian and smelled of alcohol (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

An Indianapolis police officer has been put on leave after the department says he fatally struck a pedestrian with his cruiser while off duty.

Police said Friday that Officer Bernardo Zavalza struck the man late Thursday night along a street where, just minutes earlier, a 911 caller reported that a man wearing dark clothing was walking in traffic.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A police investigator reported smelling alcohol on the officer’s breath.

Police spokesman Lt. Richard Riddle says results of blood-alcohol tests on the officer may be available Friday afternoon.

The department says Zavalza is on administrative leave while the crash is investigated.

A telephone message seeking comment from Fraternal Order of Police union President Rick Snyder wasn’t immediately returned.

3:55 a.m.

Indianapolis police say they found evidence of possible alcohol impairment after an off-duty officer fatally struck a pedestrian with his police cruiser.

Police spokesman Lt. Richard Riddle says the crash happened just before midnight Thursday. He says the officer stopped to help after striking the victim.

Riddle says a police supervisor who responded smelled the odor of alcohol on the officer’s breath. The officer was taken to a hospital for blood testing. Results weren’t available.

Riddle says police believe the pedestrian was in the roadway.

The death comes less than two years after another Indianapolis police officer was convicted of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed one person, injured two others and roiled the department.

Former Officer David Bisard is serving a 16-year prison sentence in that case.

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