NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Brentwood officer was killed in a crash on Franklin Road early Thursday morning.
The crash happened just before 6 a.m. in the 900 block of Franklin Road. The roadway is closed between Murray Lane and Concord Road in both directions.
Brentwood police identified the officer as five-year veteran Destin Legieza, who comes from a long line of law enforcement officers. He is the first Brentwood police officer to die in the line of duty.
Brentwood police said Officer Legieza was on his way to change shifts when the crash occurred. A woman in another vehicle was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Officer Legieza, who works the midnight shift, was traveling southbound on Franklin Road when officials believe a young woman crossed the center line and hit the officer’s SUV.
It was not a direct head-on collision, but an offset collision, which means it was headlight to headlight. Officers are still trying to determine what caused her to cross the road.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said investigators are treating the crash as a crime scene.
“We will look into we will look at cell phones as far as cell phone records make sure to see if she was possibly driving distracted. We will look at impairment to make sure if she was or was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” explained Lieutenant Bill Miller with the THP.
Officer Legieza was married and was described by Brentwood police as a “shining star in our department.”
“Its a tough day for us. We expected him to be a here a long time and have a great career here and its a great loss for us,” said Assistant Chief Richard Hickey.
In 2018, News 2 interviewed Officer Legieza after he and another officer were nearly hit by a suspected drunk driver on Interstate 65.
Officer Legieza and Officer Seth Young were assisting a stranded motorist with a flat tire when the close call happened.
“We know we take the risk every night going to work, but actually being that up close to something like that, you just realize how south it could’ve went,” Legieza said at the time.