THP trooper killed in off-duty motorcycle crash in Nashville

Posted at 11:31 AM, Sep 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-13 14:25:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed one of its troopers was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash over the weekend.

THP officials said Trooper Aaron Rumford was killed Sunday in a crash in Nashville. Metro police said the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. on 21st Avenue South at Portland Avenue.

According to police, Rumford was traveling south on 21st Avenue on his Yamaha motorcycle when he struck a northbound Audi Q3 that was turning onto Portland Avenue. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died. The other driver was not injured.

Police said there were no indications of alcohol or drugs at the scene, and the preliminary contributing factor appears to have been excessive speed on the part of Rumford. The investigation remains ongoing.

THP said Rumford served the Nashville District in Wilson County until 2018, when he was selected for a position in the Executive Protection Unit.

“Trooper Rumford exemplified the core values of the Tennessee Highway Patrol in all aspects of his life and represented himself, his family, and the THP honorably. Please join us in keeping his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” the agency wrote on social media.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.