A family is speaking out, frustrated over what they call a “lack of action” after a fatal crash involving an off-duty police officer.
So far, no charges have been filed. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating whether that off-duty Murfreesboro police officer caused the wreck on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County last June.
As of today, that officer is still on the job.
District Attorney Jennings Jones said he’s waiting on several pieces of evidence before he can decide if charges should be brought.
But the Nigro family has a simple request: that the officer gets treated like anyone else.
The last time Shane Nigro visited Tennessee was the last time he saw his mother alive.
Nearly five months later, and Nigro said he has no idea why his mother was killed in a crash.
“It was the worst sense of helplessness I’ve ever felt,” said Nigro, who lives in San Diego and spoke to the News 4 I-Team via FaceTime.
That helplessness lingers because Nigro said he’s received no updates from the THP about the ongoing investigation.
“I think it’s beyond what should be reasonable,” Nigro said. “We’re very frustrated.”
Off-duty Murfreesboro police officer Jason McGriff was also involved in the crash.
A THP report indicates McGriff was “unable to stop” his black truck, then hit the Nigro’s car from behind.
The report also stated it was raining that day.
McGriff remains on the job, enrolled in the field training officer program since he only joined the department in April.
“I don’t understand how there’s never been a ticket issued on this case and this officer is still at work,” Nigro said.
Nigro said his car was completely stopped in traffic that day. He recalled what he saw in his rear view mirror.
“A black truck traveling at a high rate of speed about to hit us,” Nigro said. “I knew there was no doubt he was going to hit us. And I believe I tried to yell for my family to hold on and didn’t have time to get that out before he impacted us.”
So is this case taking longer than usual?
The I-Team asked.
It takes THP on average four and a half months to complete a crash investigation, according to an open records request that examined crashes between October 2015 and October 2017 handled by THP's critical incident response team.
The I-Team reached out McGriff to request an interview but never heard back.
In an email, Amy Norville, a spokeswoman for Murfreesboro Police wrote: “Once the THP concludes their investigation of the wreck, his status will be reviewed depending upon any charges.”
“I can only hope that this person would be treated no different than you or I would,” Nigro said.
Back in San Diego, the Nigro family is trying to heal emotionally and physically.
Nigro’s wife, Robbie, suffered brain damage from the crash. Their aunt also was rushed to the hospital and continues to recover.
As they wait for an outcome, Nigro said he just wants justice for his mother.
“I know I miss her, it wasn’t her time to go,” Nigro said. “She was taken from us because of the negligence of one person.”
THP also declined to do an interview, saying the investigation is ongoing.
District attorney Jennings Jones was limited in what information he could provide but said his office is taking the incident very seriously.
“We have most of the evidence on hand,” Jennings said. “There are a few pieces of evidence that remain outstanding and once we have those remaining pieces of evidence, we will make a decision whether a charge should be brought.”
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