Davidson County deputy dies after serious car crash with semi

Joseph Gilmore (Courtesy: Davidson County Sheriff's Office)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A deputy with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office died after sustaining critical injuries in a New Year’s Day crash.

Sheriff Daron Hall told News 2 Officer Joseph Gilmore, who had been with the department for less than a year, passed away Tuesday morning.

Joseph Gilmore (Courtesy: Davidson County Sheriff’s Office)

A traffic report states Gilmore was driving east on Interstate 24 around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning when he crashed into the back of a semi near Pleasant View in Robertson County.

Gilmore’s Chevrolet Impala became lodged underneath the semi, past the truck’s bumper, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Sheriff Hall told News 2 that Gilmore fell asleep at the wheel. He had just been on the phone with another officer moments before the crash, reportedly trying to stay awake.

The 26-year-old was critically injured and taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center where he died the next day. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Before his passing, Sheriff Hall asked for prayers on Twitter, describing Gilmore as “one of our family” and “one of the best.”

“It’s a terrible way to start the new year, and we’re struggling with the reality of it,” he told News 2 on Tuesday. “Very young man that was doing great work, and his supervisory staff to his peers, to everybody, describes him as a fantastic person, exactly who you’d want working here.”

No charges or citations were filed in the crash, the THP said.