Officer struck by car continues to show improvement

Officer struck by car continues to show improvement (Image 1)
Officer struck by car continues to show improvement (Image 1)

The Metro police officer who was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle on Saturday morning is continuing to make improvements at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Officer Brent Hoadley is said to be alert and communicating with his family.

The 31-year-old officer was hit by a vehicle on Murfreesboro Pike in Donelson while he was assisting on the scene of an earlier wreck.

Hoadley was directing traffic around the collision and was hit by a Toyota driven by Gameel Atealla Mesad.

Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said Mesad, 47, is of Egyptian descent and speaks very limited English.

An over-the-phone line interpreter had to be used at the scene in order to conduct an interview.  Mesad told investigators he suffers from a blood sugar condition and wasn't clear what happened.

Aaron explained, “The driver has indicated to us that he had a blood sugar issue, did not know what had occurred, [but] reported suddenly seeing the officer in the street.”

Hoadley is a six-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department and was in uniform and wearing a florescent traffic vest when he was struck.

Aaron said on Saturday the investigation is ongoing.

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