Nashville, TN-A Tennessee police officer was killed Thursday when his car was “violently struck” on the driver’s side by a teen driver who was driving without a license.
Central Precinct Officer John Anderson, 28, had been with the department for four years and had become a father a little over a year ago.
Around 3 a.m. on July 4, Anderson was going to assist another officer after reports of a pedestrian in a traffic lane.
When he reached the intersection, Anderson’s police car was hit by the teen’s 2016 Ford Fusion and the officer died at the scene.
The 17-year-old driver was taken the hospital and was later released. A passenger in the girl’s car was critically injured and is being related at Skyline Medical Center.
Moments before the crash, another officer spotted the teen’s vehicle with her high beams activated and when he tried to pursue the Ford, the driver initially slowed down but then sped away.
That officer radioed in the car’s location and license plate and noticed the car turn onto the street where the crash occurred.
The driver has been booked into a juvenile detention, on charges of vehicular homicide by recklessness, felony evading arrest, aggravated assault by recklessness, driving on a suspended license, and juvenile curfew violation.