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SALT LAKE CITY — A Unified police officer accused of running over a woman lying down in a parking lot while responding to a call has a history of poor driving, according to police records.
About 10:50 p.m. on March 5, a Unified police officer was dispatched to conduct a welfare check on a woman in the parking lot of a strip mall at 3304 S. 2300 East. The officer drove into the lot but did not see the woman, who police say was wearing dark clothing and lying in the middle of the road.
Cindreia Simone Europe, 25, of Georgia, died. Europe had been living out of her car until it was recently towed. She had been spotted sleeping in various parking lots in that area in the week leading up to the accident. It was not known whether she died as a result of being hit by the car or if she was already deceased prior to police arriving.
Salt Lake police are investigating the incident. As of Friday, officer Megan Franklin remained on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Franklin is new to the Unified Police Department.
But according to documents obtained by the Deseret News through a public records request, she had resigned from the West Valley City Police Department after she was placed on a week's leave without pay for consistent traffic violations.
"Your driving history reflects a poor pattern of attention to proper driving tactics and this has contributed to an unacceptable number of preventable accidents on your part," former West Valley Police Chief Lee Russo wrote in a letter to the officer.
The letter further noted that the officer was involved in "an excessive number of preventable accidents" and that several disciplinary actions "appear to have little corrective effect in changing your driving behavior."