Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 11 months
Badge # Not available
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 7/19/2004
Weapon: Automobile; Commercial
Suspect: Released after 9 months
Officer Christy Dedman was struck and killed by the driver of a tractor-trailer while assisting a motorist on the side of Interstate 40.
Officer Dedman was aiding a motorist on I-40 near the Stewarts Ferry Pike ramp. Officer Dedman and the motorist were standing in front of the driver's side of the police car when it was struck from behind by the tractor-trailer, which was being operated at speeds over 80 miles per hour, and in a reckless manner.
The cruiser was pushed into Officer Dedman and the motorist as they stood by a concrete retaining wall on the side of the highway. Officer Dedman's patrol car had its emergency lights on at the time.
Officer Dedman died at the scene. The motorist that was struck was taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault. Records showed that he had been arrested numerous times for reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a suspended license. The suspect was released after only 9 months, including time already served. As part of his release, he was barred from driving for three years. Within two weeks of his released he was arrested in Kentucky for reckless driving.
Officer Dedman had served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for less than one year. She graduated from the academy in August 2003, and was assigned to the Hermitage Precinct.
A portion of Highway 100 was dedicated to the memory of Officer Dedman in August 2005.
Officer Dedman is survived by her parents.