A city truck driver accused of striking and killing a police officer in Louisville a few years ago was watching porn on his phone at the time of the crash, new evidence reveals. 

The new evidence against Metro Sewer District truck driver Roger Burdette was introduced on Monday, May 31st in Louisville, Kentucky. 

According to Wave 3 News, Burdette was driving the city sewer truck on Christmas Eve of 2018 when he struck the officer’s police car, which was pulled over onto the side of the road while Det. Deidre Mengedoht was performing a traffic stop along Interstate 64 near the Belvedere in downtown Louisville.

The collision caused a fire and killed Mengedoht. prosecutors argue that Burdette was on prescription pills when he got behind the wheel of the rig

Since then, new documents allege that there is “evidence that the defendant was using his phone to view a pornographic video at the time that (Burdette) was operating a semi-truck on the expressway and at the time that he crashed into and killed Detective Mengedoht.”

Burdette is due in court on June 11th for a pre-trial conference, and the trial is scheduled to begin on July 12th. 

Mengedoht’s young son has already received two settlements totaling almost $14 million, which were awarded in February 2021. 

Burdette is being charged with aggravated DUI, wanton endangerment, and murder.

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