Off-duty Metro cop killed in south Nashville collision - WKRN News 2

Off-duty Metro cop killed in south Nashville collision

Posted: Updated: March 13, 2012 08:44 PM
Officer Dustin Maynard was killed in a motorcycle collision on Tuesday afternoon. Officer Dustin Maynard was killed in a motorcycle collision on Tuesday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

An off-duty Metro police officer was killed in a collision with a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon on Lafayette Street in south Nashville.

Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said 28-year-old Dustin Maynard was traveling on a 2007 Honda motorcycle west on Lafayette Street when he ran a red light at Fourth Avenue South around 1:45 p.m. and struck a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old Eric Cooper, head-on.

Maynard was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Maynard was an officer with the Hermitage precinct's flex unit and had been on the force for three years.

"From all accounts [Officer Maynard] was an exemplary officer and outstanding individual. The police department is very saddened this afternoon," Aaron said, adding, "Everyone that worked with Office Maynard at the Hermitage precinct speaks very, very highly of him."

The driver of the pickup truck said he did not see the motorcyclist until he hit him.

Aaron said Officer Maynard was the at-fault driver and the driver of the pickup truck would not face charges.

"We had a vehicle stop at the scene and report what happened. There really is no dispute that the motorcycle ran the red light," he said.

Witnesses told police the victim had been traveling on Lafayette Street popping wheelies for "some distance."

Aaron could not confirm such reports.

Metro's fatal team is investigating.

Cooper was not injured in the incident.

Police said Maynard was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and that he is survived by his wife.

The intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Lafayette Street was shut down and traffic was diverted in all directions.

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