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.
- Jan. 7, 2012: Metro officer hit by car in Donelson