Nashville officer injured after vehicle smashes patrol car while responding to highway wreck


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A Nashville police officer was injured in a hit-and-run while helping with a highway wreck over the weekend, authorities said Sunday.

South Precinct Officer Kristopher Sharpe was assisting with a crash that occurred overnight on I-24 East near Hickory Hollow Parkway, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said.

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Sharpe was sitting in his marked patrol car when a silver Volvo SUV struck his vehicle from behind, according to police. 

Officer Kristopher Sharpe suffered non-life threatening head and neck injuries when a silver Volvo SUV smashed into the back of his marked patrol car while he was assisting at the scene of a highway wreck, authorities said Sunday.
(Metropolitan Nashville Police Department )

The officer was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with head and neck injuries. His injuries were non-life threatening and police said he was expected to be released later Sunday.

Police said that all occupants inside the Volvo jumped out and fled on foot into a wooded area. Investigators were working to identify the individuals.

Meanwhile, two similar incidents involving deputies happened in Florida over the weekend.

Two Clearwater police officers were working a crash scene on U.S. Route 19 Friday night when a car smashed into their police cruiser, the department said. No officers were injured, and police urged drivers to “slow down and move over” for stopped emergency vehicles.

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The second incident happened just before midnight Saturday when a suspected drunken driver hit a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s vehicle while he was investigating a crash along U.S. 19.

The trooper and the accused impaired driver both suffered minor injuries, FHP said.

Both Tennessee and Florida, along with the other 48 states, have a “Move Over” law which requires drivers to slow down or move to an adjacent lane for emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing or are assisting in emergencies.



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