Hendersonville officer injured in crash while responding to teen hit by car

Photo: WKRN

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Hendersonville police officer was injured in a wreck on Old Shackle Island Road as he was responding to the scene of 14-year-old hit by a car.

The officer and the other driver were both transported to an area hospital.

Their conditions are unknown, but Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn said the officer should recover.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The teenager was first taken to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

He was later airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was last listed in critical condition.

Police have not released the name of the teen, but a man who came to the scene said it is his nephew.

He told News 2 kids with his nephew at the time told him what happened.

“They were playing in a circle and the truck dodged one of the kids and hit him,” he said. “We just got prayer warriors praying for him.”

He continued, “I have got everybody on the phone. We are just going to continue to pray and let God take care of the outcome.”

Kids were out of school Friday for a teacher professional development day, according to the Sumner County School calendar.

Both wrecks happened within yards of each other, but police said the car involved in the accident with the HPD officer was not involved in the wreck involving the teen.

“They are totally two separate crashes. The only connection is our officer was responding to the personal injury accident involving the 14-year-old pedestrian,” Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn said.

He continued “The officer, I think is going to be ok, though he is shaken up.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will investigate the crash involving the police officer.

Hendersonville police are investigating the wreck involving the teen.

The driver who hit the teen did not leave the scene and the truck was still at the accident scene that was being examined hours after the wreck.

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