NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Metro Nashville police officer was injured Tuesday morning when his patrol car was struck while he was responding to a crash on Interstate 40.
Metro police said Hermitage Precinct Officer Jacob Ross was responding to a non-injury crash in his marked police car when he was hit at the intersection of 2nd Avenue South and the I-40 East ramp. The collision happened around 6 a.m.
Serious crash involving a Metro Nashville PD cruiser and at least one other car. From @NC5_Sky5HD we're seeing first responders appear to be tending to an officer. This is at 2nd Ave under I-40 @NC5 pic.twitter.com/F9vrmIE7wU— Hannah McDonald (@Hannah_NC5) December 15, 2020
According to police, Ross was traveling eastbound on the ramp/frontage road to I-40 East from 4th Avenue South when he was hit in the passenger side by a 2007 Toyota Corolla being driven by 21-year-old Edgar Moran Paau. The impact of the crash caused the police car to rotate and hit an NES pole on the driver's side.
Investigators said Moran Paau, who was traveling northbound on 2nd Avenue South from Lafayette Street, said he was traveling through the intersection on a yellow light. The preliminary examination of the police car indicated that Officer Ross had activated his blue lights.
Moran Paau, of Murfreesboro, and his passenger were not injured. Police said he is charged with driving without a license and no proof of insurance.
The 24-year-old Ross joined the Metro Nashville Police Department in August 2019. The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.