Woman hurt in crash that killed police officer files suit

by Ponce Law | June 26th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A woman injured in a 2019 crash that killed a Metro Nashville police officer is filing a lawsuit against the city, according to a report in The Tennessean.

Antona Esaw was a passenger in the Ford Fusion driven by Jayona Brown that crashed into the patrol car driven by Officer John Anderson. The accident happened at 3:05 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of Interstate Drive and Woodland Street.

Police said Brown sped through a blinking red light and hit Anderson’s car.  The 28-year-old officer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Esaw suffered serious injuries and is suing the city for $300,000 in damages to cover the costs of her health care along with other financial damages stemming from the accident.  She says the police department admitted that if Anderson had complied with state law and department policies and procedures, the crash would not have occurred.

Police found that Anderson’s car was traveling at a rate of speed over the limit allowed by police policy on that stretch of Woodland Street.

Brown remains in custody on vehicular  homicide charges and a hearing in the case is set for July 29.  Esaw was not charged.


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