Man charged in officer's death accused of hitting pedestrian during chase

Man charged in officer's death accused of hitting pedestrian during chase
Officer Nick Rodman (Source: LMPD)
Officer Nick Rodman (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man charged in the murder of LMPD officer Nick Rodman had his first pretrial hearing on Monday.

Wathaniel Woods was wheeled into court to face a judge on several charges. The prosecutor told the judge another charge is expected to be added after they receive more medical records.

Those records are from a pedestrian who is part of the evidence discovery. The man told police Woods also hit him with his car during the March 28 police pursuit that ended in the deadly crash. The man said he was near 24th Street, trying to cross the road when Woods seemed to come out of nowhere.

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"The gentleman in the silver car comes sliding around the corner there and as he came around the corner, I tried to run," the pedestrian said. "Once I hit my head on the top of the car, yeah. I couldn't tell you which direction I went from there.

Police said Woods eventually ran a red light at 26th and Duncan, crashing into Officer Rodman's cruiser. Rodman later died.

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Prosecutor Elizabeth Jones Brown told the Judge they plan to consolidate the pedestrian charge with Rodman's case.

Another pretrial hearing for Woods is set for July 14.

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