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Victims blame Metro Police officer for car crash near airport

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Witnesses said a Metro Police officer caused a wreck near Nashville International Airport. (WSMV) Witnesses said a Metro Police officer caused a wreck near Nashville International Airport. (WSMV)
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A car crash near the Nashville airport has left those involved asking a lot of questions and they’re blaming a Metro police officer for that crash.

The crash happened at the busy intersection of Murfreesboro Road and Donelson Pike.

“I was I guess stressed, scared…frustrated. Everything,” said Ashley Lewis who totaled her car.

Lewis had her two kids with her when she crashed into the driver in front of her. Who does she blame? A Metro police officer.

“He's the reason we got in a darn wreck. It's crazy,” said Lewis.

According to a 911 call from a witness, an officer pulled out and crossed several lanes of traffic without his siren on.

 “The cop just kind of caused an accident,” said the 911 caller.

The witness went on to say the driver in front of Lewis slammed on his brakes and swerved to avoid hitting the officer.

“I mean the only thing I can tell you is he didn't have his siren on and it just looked really weird,” said the witness in the 911 recording.

According to Metro Police the officer was on his way to another car crash when this crash happened, and the News4 I-Team is told both his lights and sirens should have been on. But ask those involved in the accident and they say that wasn't the case.

"I did not hear a siren. I didn't hear anything,” said Gino Green who was also involved in the crash.

Green hit a pole and had to be rushed to a hospital. He was treated for whiplash and injuries to his hand. He claims the officer came out of nowhere.

News4 Investigative Reporter Lindsay Bramson asked, "When you think back to that moment, do you feel like the officer put people’s lives at risk that day? Yes. Yes I do. Yes I do because he didn't have his siren on,” said Green.

News4 has learned that officer is Gerry Hutcheson. We told you about Hutcheson back in February after he was grazed in the shoulder by a bullet during a standoff.

A Metro Police spokeswoman says Hutcheson claims his lights and sirens were on, and in an audio recording from his patrol car, you do hear sirens. But only for seconds.

The problem? There's no way to tell at what point those were on.

Metro Police declined our repeated requests for an interview and a spokeswoman said at this time they are not investigating the incident.

The car doesn’t have dash cam and there’s no way to prove whether lights and sirens were on.

But both Green and Lewis stand by what they said and say they expect those who enforce the law to follow it.

"They need to lead by example. So for whatever reason he was in the intersection, I would feel a little bit better, just a little bit better had he had his sirens on,” said Green.

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