New Video Shows Moments After Metro Officer Struck On I-65

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New Video Shows Moments After Metro Officer Struck On I-65

CREATED Jun 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new video has emerged showing the scene where Officer Michael Petrina was struck and killed only moments after the incident occurred.

Officer Petrina was fatally hit back in May while assisting a TDOT HELP truck direct traffic around another wreck on Interstate 65 in Brentwood.

The video was recorded by a driver who wanted to document the heavy traffic for his employer, in case the back-up made him late for work.

In his video, you see the RV that hit Officer Petrina slowing down and stopping after he was struck.

The RV drove in between the TDOT truck and the police car. They had used their cars to block off lanes for first responders working a crash further up the interstate.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson released a statement about the video, saying one thing it does is indicate the other drivers traveling that route were going along at a very slow speed, and being mindful of the dangerous circumstances they were encountering.

"Any assertion that a ‘blind curve’ created an unavoidable ‘emergency’ - which the RV driver maintains - is self-serving and has no basis in fact," Chief Anderson said in the statement.

The video will be included in the final report given to the District Attorney's Office. The DA will ultimately decide whether or not charges will be filed.

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