FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating an injury crash involving a Fairview police officer Thursday morning.
It happened on Highway 100/Fairview Boulevard near Old Franklin Road in around 12:30 a.m. According to the THP, the crash involved a Fairview patrol car and another vehicle.
Fairview Public Safety Director Roy Russell told News 2 a 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl were in a disabled 1996 Toyota when her father came to the scene to help them. Russell says the father is 43-year-old David Wilbert.
Wilbert and the 17-year-old boy were pushing the Toyota westbound along the roadway, with the female behind the wheel, when a patrol officer struck them, according to Russell.
Police have identified the officer as James Hill and say he was on routine patrol at the time of the crash.
Russell told News 2 that Hill had been distracted and had his “attention fixed on something else.” Police say the disabled vehicle had emergency flashers activated at the time of the crash.
The 17-year-old boy was seriously injured and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where his condition is unknown.
Wilbert and his daughter were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Officer Hill was taken to the Williamson Medical Center for minor injuries and has since been released.
According to Fairview Police, Officer Hill has been suspended with pay, pending the THP investigation.
No citations or charges were immediately issued. THP is leading the investigation into the crash.