NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Metro Nashville Police officer has died in an early morning crash after his cruiser was struck by a teen driver.
The Tennessean reports Officer John Anderson was responding to assist another officer around 3:05 a.m. when a Ford Fusion hit the driver's side of his cruiser with enough force to push it into a nearby utility pole. The cruiser then caught fire.
Police say the Fusion's driver was 17-year-old Jayona Brown. She was booked into juvenile detention on charges that include vehicular homicide. Her 18-year-old female passenger was being treated for life-threating injuries.
The 28-year-old Anderson was a 4-year veteran of the force.
Nashville Mayor David Briley said Anderson's death was a reminder of the sacrifices first responders make every day.