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Officer William Phillips was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while on bike patrol training in Henry County.
Officer Phillips and two other members of the bike patrol team had just finished their shift and were conducting a training ride on department-issued bicycles. While they were riding westbound on U.S. 40 near the Knightstown High School, he was struck from behind by a vehicle which then fled the scene. All of the officers were wearing helmets and had lights on their bicycles.
The 59-year-old female driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Phillips later surrendered and was charged with failure to stop after a fatal accident. She pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to two years of home detention.
Officer Phillips had previously served with the McCordsville Police Department. He was survived by his wife, Lesley; 2- and 5-year-old sons, Bryson and Gavin; two sisters, Tyra Glotzbach and Brandy Phillips; and parents, William and Shirley Phillips.
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Officer Phillips was the second of two Indiana law enforcement officers killed in 2010, the first line of duty death of the Greenfield Police Department and the second occurring in Hancock County.