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LRSD employee arrested in hit-and-run accident that left officer, civilian injured

Keith Hearnsberger, 35, was taken to the Pulaski County jail on two counts of second-degree battery, reckless driving and hit-and-run with injury. (Photo courtesy: Pulaski County Jail)

A Little Rock School District (LRSD) employee has been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run accident that hospitalized a Little Rock police officer and a civilian.

The Little Rock Police Department reports the attorney for 35-year-old Keith Hearnsberger, the assistant principal for McClellan High School, helped coordinate his surrender just after noon on Monday.

Police say Lt. Johnny Gilbert was working in an off-duty capacity as outside security for an event on Daisy Bates Dr. and was escorting Daryl Johnson, a suspect in a separate disorderly conduct case, across the street when they were both hit by a vehicle traveling westbound on the roadway.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Hearnsberger, reportedly did not stop and fled west on Daisy Bates.

Hearnsberger was taken to the Pulaski County jail on two counts of second-degree battery, reckless driving and hit-and-run with injury. The vehicle involved in the accident has been processed for evidence.

Pam Smith, the communications director for the school district, issued the following statement: "The Little Rock School District has been made aware of the serious allegations against employee, Mr. Keith Hearnsberger. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. We will not be able to comment further because of the ongoing investigation."

Hearnsberger was hired in July 2017. He also previously worked as the music teacher at J.A. Fair from August 2007 to July 2011.

Lt. Gilbert is in the hospital in serious but stable condition, while Johnson remains in the hospital in stable condition.



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