Murfreesboro PD officer fired following speeding indictment in fatal crash

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An officer at the center of a News 4 I-Team investigation has been fired by the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Officer Jason McGriff was terminated on Wednesday just one day after he was arrested in connection with a deadly crash last June.

McGriff turned himself into the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail.

Last month McGriff was indicted for speeding in connection with the crash that killed Dianne Nigro on I-24.

McGriff was off-duty at the time. A THP incident report states McGriff was “unable to stop” and hit the back of a car stopped in traffic.

Murfreesboro Police hired McGriff in April 2017, meaning he was under his 12-month probationary period, according to spokeswoman Amy Norville.

"The administrative action followed review of the 'facts and circumstances' related to McGriff's actions while off-duty June 4, 2017," Norville wrote in an e-mail. "McGriff, 25, had been the subject of an investigation being conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol."

An eyewitness told the I-Team last year that just seconds before the collision, McGriff passed his truck at more than 70 mph.

The New 4 I-Team discovered McGriff received six speeding citations between 2011 and 2015 before he was hired at MPD.

The I-Team reached out to McGriff for comment but did not hear back.

Dianne Nigro and her family, who live in San Diego, were headed to the airport after spending a week visiting relatives in Middle Tennessee.

Her son, Shane Nigro, was driving the car that day.

"My family has been absolutely destroyed," he said. "Our lives have been turned upside down."

Shane Nigro said he was pleased that the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned an indictment.

He previously spoke to the I-Team, expressing his frustrations over the pace of the THP investigation, why McGriff was not issued a ticket immediately after the crash, and why McGriff was able to remain at work for the past eight months.

"It gives me a little feeling of justice for my family and the death of my mother," Nigro said.

It's unclear what penalties McGriff could face for speeding in this incident. Calls to the District Attorney's office were not returned by deadline.

The Rutherford County Grand Jury decided not to indict McGriff for the death of Nigro last December.

McGriff's arraignment is scheduled for Feb 20.

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