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Metro Officer Responding To Crash Struck By Passing Car

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An officer with the Metro Nashville Police Department was hospitalized after being struck by a car while responding to another crash.

At 5:24 am Saturday, Metro officers respond to a car accident with potential injures on Murfreesboro Pike. Fifteen minutes later, another call came in, this time about one of their own.

"Your heart drops to the pit of your stomach," Hermitage Precinct Commander Michele Donegan said about getting the call.

Officer Brent Hoadley was hit by a car while directing traffic away from the initial accident scene.

"Although it was dark, although it was raining at the time, there were police cars with blue lights activated. There was an ambulance here. There was apparently a fire truck here," Metro Police Spokesman Don Aaron explained.

Witnesses say Hoadley motioned to the driver of the 1996 Toyota Camry to slow down, but he didn't. The driver, Gameel Atealla Mesad, 46, told police he's not sure what happened.

"He told us he had some type of a blood sugar issue as he approached the crash scene," Aaron said.

A constant stream of officers arrived at Vanderbilt Medical Center where they comforted the family and each other.

"He is a hard worker. A dedicated employee," Donegan explained. "He's so well respected by supervisors and his fellow officers."

Officer Hoadley is being treated for fractures in his face and rib. Although he remains in critical condition, doctors say he is improving. It's another reminder about how dangerous the job can be.

"The interstates and the streets are probably the most dangerous place a police officer enters every day," Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said.

It's a place first responders enter willingly to help others in need. Officers hope the emergency vehicles, blue lights and reflective vests are enough of a sign for drivers to move over.

Officer Hoadley, 31, has been with the Police Department for six years.

 

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