BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) - Police have identified the Brentwood officer killed in a two-car crash that happened on Franklin Road on Thursday morning.
Brentwood Police confirmed Officer, 30-year-old Destin Legieza was headed back to the precinct for a shift change when the head-on collision occurred just before 5 a.m.
Tennessee Highway Patrol said the driver crossed the double yellow line and hit the cruiser. Police said they do not know why the woman crossed the line.
"The officer appears to be doing everything right," Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.
Legieza, who has been an officer with the department for five years, was rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he died from injuries suffered in the crash, police said.
He comes from a long line of law enforcement officers including his father and grandfather, police said.
His Father is currently a Lieutenant with the Franklin Police Department and his Grandfather is retired from the CSX Railroad Police.
Legieza was married with no kids.
“My husband, Destin, was the best man I’ve ever met. He had so many friends and family who loved him. He loved the community of Brentwood and always knew he wanted to be a police officer. To my best friend, I love you forever and I miss you," his wife Heather Legieza said in a statement on Thursday.
Legieza, who was born and raised in Franklin and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, was involved in the community including Special Olympics and the department's flag football team.
Authorities said the death of Legieza is the first officer ever killed in the line of duty for Brentwood Police Department.
"To say that I am heartbroken would be an understatement. Destin was an exceptional officer with so much potential in our organization. His memory will live in our hearts forever and we will honor him daily in our continued service," Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said in a statement on Thursday.
Brentwood Police Asst. Chief Richard Hickey said the 14 officers on midnight shift were very close.
"He was a very active officer. Our midnight shift is incredibly close knit group of people, obviously they rely on each other a great deal," Hickey said. "He certainly was a shining star for us and it's a great loss for us and for his family."
The woman in the other vehicle was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Franklin Road was closed between Murray Lane to Concord Road for several hours during the police investigation. Franklin Road reopened just before 11:30 a.m. THP said the collision is being investigated as a criminal investigation.
The Brentwood Police Department has been receiving calls from community members asking what they can do. They will put up information on their social media on how people can leave their memorials for Officer Legieza. A memorial fund and funeral arrangements have not been completed at this time.
A candlelight vigil is planned for 8 p.m. on Friday at the Brentwood City Hall, which is located at 5211 Maryland Way.
Departments have started offering condolences to the Brentwood Police Department.
We mourn with our friends and colleagues at the Brentwood Police Department over this morning's tragic death of Officer Destin Legieza. The MNPD has offered its support to Brentwood PD in this most difficult time. pic.twitter.com/5BMzTgxqnE— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 18, 2020
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