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Louisville Metro police officer dies after being struck by vehicle on I-64

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2023 | Firm News

LOUISVILLE, KY – A Louisville Metro Police Department officer was killed in an accident while working on Interstate 64 Saturday morning.

According to a report by WLWT, Officer Zachary Cottongim was inspecting a vehicle that had been in a previous crash on I-64 at the exit for Mellwood Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. Cottongim was outside his patrol car when a westbound driver lost control of their vehicle and struck him.  The officer was pronounced dead after being taken to University of Louisville Hospital.

The 29-year-old Cottongim had been with the police department seven years and was a member of the LMPD First Division.

The Louisville Metro Council released a statement that read in part, “This officer’s dedication to his community, despite all risks, is to be commended and never forgotten. We offer our deepest condolences to Zach’s family and to his LMPD family.”

The fatal accident remains under investigation.

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