1 Killed, MNPD officer injured in multiple-vehicle crash

Driver charged with vehicular homicide
Posted at 6:12 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 18:47:34-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One person was killed, and a Metro Nashville Police officer injured, in a crash on Wednesday afternoon.

MNPD officials say 56-year-old Roger McElroy was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck when he ran a stop sign at Bernard Road and entered Clarksville Pike. The truck was then hit by a 2013 Ford Fusion, driven by 66-year-old Steven Toth.

The Fusion went into the northbound lanes of Clarksville Pike hitting Officer Ben Cantrell's patrol car. Officer Cantrell's shift had just ended and he was on his way home.

Officials said Toth died from his injuries and Officer Cantrell was sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment to a broken arm and injured wrist and hand.

McElroy, who had told officers he'd taken prescription medication and smoked CBD, had bloodshot eyes and constricted pupils. Police officials said in a press release he appeared confused and displayed indicators of impairment during the administration of Standard Field Sobriety Tasks. A sample of his blood will be analyzed for alcohol and drug content.

McElroy, who has two previous DUI convictions, was charged with vehicular homicide and driving on a revoked license. He is being held in lieu of a $173,000 bond.