Off-duty police officer killed in fatal wreck near downtown

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 5:03pm
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Dustin Maynard

An off-duty veteran Metro police officer died Tuesday afternoon following a wreck near downtown.

Police have confirmed that Dustin Maynard, 28, a three-year veteran of the department died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a truck at the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Lafayette Street.

Maynard, who was assigned to the Hermitage Precinct’s overnight shift Flex Unit, died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

According to police, Maynard was riding his motorcycle toward downtown on Lafayette Street when he lost control at the intersection, ran a red light and collided with a pickup truck driven by Eric G. Cooper, 42, of Old Hickory. Cooper was not injured.

“By all accounts, Officer Maynard was a well-liked, conscientious officer who proudly served Nashville’s citizens,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “This is a sad afternoon for the men and women assigned to the Hermitage Precinct and the police department as a whole.”

12 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 3/14/12 at 5:12

My condolences to the family. This is a tragedy...but questions remain:

Lost, why? Speeding? DUI? Knuckle-headism? Lack of experience riding a motorcycle? Was the officer wearing a helmet? Was somebody "on the phone" at the crash scene?

By: NilsOrion on 3/14/12 at 5:18

Loner, you take the prize for cold cruelty. Go back to your video games where all pain and suffering is OK, because it's just virtual.

By: Skeptic2012 on 3/14/12 at 7:51

Well another reputable news outlet reported that "witnesses said he was riding wheelies for quite a distance down the road". That seems like a pretty specific statement and could very well be factual but it will probably be kept hush hush. I would think an insurance company would not want to pay out a claim for reckless driving that leads to death. Plus it makes the officer look bad.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/14/12 at 8:19

I hate cops, but I'll give my condolences to the family this time.

By: whatsit2u on 3/14/12 at 10:55

Skeptic you are spot on. Maynard was riding a wheelie at a high rate of speed. He probably never saw the traffic light change. Cooper had just left work and was on his way home. I'm not sure why the media hasn't stated the facts of the case.

By: rickmuz on 3/15/12 at 9:28

Skeptic if you are referring to the WSMV site... WSMV did NOT report wheelies. Someone in the comments section of the story mentioned them, which makes it hearsay.

By: jsabrown on 3/15/12 at 10:09

Loner's questions are relevant to the story. Were the deceased not a police officer, such factors would certainly be mentioned. Compare to the early-morning head-on collision on I-65 @ Chestnut St. a couple of weeks ago.

Such being said, it sounds like Officer Maynard died from a stupid choice he made on a warm, sunny March afternoon. I'm sure he was just exuberant about being off work on such a nice day. Blowing off some tension, having a good time. Being a cop's gotta be stressful.

It's very sad he paid such a price, and I wish it were otherwise. I've certainly made my share of such bone-headed decisions and lived to know better. My sympathies go out to his family and friends.

By: Loner on 3/15/12 at 9:49

I offered my condolences to the family...and I asked pertinent regrets on my part...sorry if some were offended...I ride a motorcycle too....the story caught my interest....with motorcycles and other motorized vehicles, the laws of physics do not need cops and judges in order to be enforced...behind the wheel and behind the handlebars is serious's no place to be cocky.

By: rickmuz on 3/16/12 at 4:30


By: concretemike on 3/16/12 at 10:11

Off duty officer Dustin Maynard was riding a wheelie on the cycle for almost a block before the intersection when he blew thru a red light he wasn't paying attention too and was hit head on and killed by a driver making a legal left hand turn on a green light. Multiple witnesses gave the same statements to police on site immediately after the accident and said he was riding a wheelie going well over the speed limit. I know Mr. Cooper personally and after his conversations with other Metro officers Dustin Maynard wasn't as well liked and as professional as some might like you to believe. I don't want to cause anymore grief to his wife, children, parents and friends but according to the police report the motorcycle Dustin Maynard was driving was not on his insurance. So in retrospect he was speeding, driving recklessly, ignoring multiple traffic laws, had no insurance and ignored his oath as a sworn Metro Police Officer to uphold the laws of our city and state. Mr. Cooper now has a totaled truck, is having trouble sleeping, working and used to ride a motorcycle until he was hit head on by one and watched the rider fly over his hood and die. His life has been changed forever by a careless off duty Metro Police Officer. Sounds like a real outstanding police officer, husband and father figure to two young children. I guess all that is left is for the lawyers to divide up the insurance!!!!!

By: william.lane9 on 8/21/12 at 12:55

Hey concretemike, how about you think about all the lives that were ruined due to the fact that not only did he leave behind a wife and 2 Young Children that wont grow up and know their father, but his friends he had gained in the Metro Police Dept and his family he left behind in the US Army 390th EN CO. Me being one of those men, SGT Maynard was an outstanding citizen and officer and NCO and an amazing friend and Squad Leader, why dont u think about that kinda stuff before u post something stupid about one f*cking life being ruined you ignorant @sshole.

By: william.lane9 on 8/21/12 at 1:03

your prolly one of those Westboro Baptist Church members huh?!