Officer Brent Hoadley, 31, was hit in the early morning hours Saturday along Murfreesboro Pike in Donelson.
Officer Hoadley's dad, Sam, spoke to the media Monday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Metro police officer hit by a car over the weekend could go home this week after making tremendous improvements over the last two days.
In a news conference Monday afternoon outside Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Officer Brent Hoadley's parents said their son is now talking and eating on his own after doctors removed his trach tube.
Sam and Theresa Hoadley said their son suffered injuries to his legs, mouth, jaw and teeth but has no internal injuries.
"It's hard to see your own son down and I have been doing this for years for the community," said Theresa Hoadley, a nurse at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. "All I can say he that he is doing better, he's talking with us, so it is a blessing."
His brother, Jerry Hoadley added, "To be able to get some of those basic functions back, he is able to eat a little bit, speak and laugh a little bit. It's good. He still has a long road ahead of him, but with the support of everyone, from Chief Anderson down to the recruits who are just coming into the class, they have all been great."
Officer Hoadley, 31, was hit in the early morning hours Saturday while directing traffic around a collision on Murfreesboro Pike in Donelson.
His parents said Monday he remembers responding to the initial crash but doesn't remember the car coming toward him or being hit.
The Hoadleys said their son always wanted to be a police officer and even wrote an essay about it in high school.
"If he could get out there tomorrow, that's what he would do. You know, he knows it's going to take a little bit to get out there. I think emotionally, mentally and physically we all know it's going to be a little bit longer, but he hopes he could be out there tomorrow," Jerry Hoadley said.
Hoadley is a six-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Hoadley, Gameel Atealla Mesad, 47, told police he suffers from a blood sugar condition and doesn't know what happened.
Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said Monday afternoon the investigation is still ongoing and could continue for several more days.