THP Veteran Injured In Crash On I-40

Monday, December 13, 2010
Trooper Fidencio Medina
Trooper Fidencio Medina

A Monday morning crash sent two law enforcement officers, including Trooper Fidencio Medina of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, to a pair of hospitals in Nashville. The crash occurred at approximately 7:13 a.m. on Interstate 40 westbound near mile marker 192 in Davidson County.

A preliminary investigation indicates Trooper Medina was responding to a non-injury, single-vehicle crash, when a 2004 Chevy Silverado, driven by Anthony Gene Baker Jr., lost control and collided into his patrol car. The impact pushed the trooper’s car into a Metro Police Department patrol unit, which had arrived on scene to take over the initial property crash investigation.

Standing outside of his vehicle, Trooper Medina was discussing the crash with Metro Officer Cesar Castillo, who had not yet exited his patrol car, when the westbound pickup struck the vehicles.

Mr. Medina suffered a broken leg, four broken ribs, as well as a collapsed lung. He was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center and was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday afternoon.

Officer Cesar Castillo, who is assigned to the West Precinct, was taken to Saint Thomas Hospital for a non-critical back injury.

Baker, 35, of New Johnsonville, Tn., was not cited. THP Lieutenant Michael Hamilton investigated the crash and the Critical Incident Response Team was called to the scene.

Trooper Medina, 55, began his career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in April of 1977. He is currently assigned to Cheatham County.

During the 24-hour period, from noon on Sunday to noon on Monday, the THP Nashville District investigated 122 crashes without injuries, 42 crashes with injuries, and assisted 47 motorists.


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Armed Forces Parade Rolls On Despite Pandemic

Cyrus Easley Charged With Attempted 2nd-Degree Murder In Shooting Of Devonte Hunter On Banks Road


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ADAMS, GEOFFREY JEROME 1154 RIDGE TOP DR CHATTANOOGA, 37421 Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga VIOLATION OF ... (click for more)

The 71st a nnual Armed Forces Parade was held on Friday in downtown Chattanooga - despite the ongoing pandemic. Citizens lined Market Street to express their thanks to the men and woman who are ... (click for more)

Cyrus Easley, 25, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Devonte Hunter, 25, at the Easley home on Banks Road. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies ... (click for more)



Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ADAMS, GEOFFREY JEROME 1154 RIDGE TOP DR CHATTANOOGA, 37421 Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga VIOLATION OF ORDER OF PROTECTION OR RESTRAINING OR BALLEW, JUSTIN MICHAEL 1017 ARMSTRONG RD CLEVELAND, 37323 Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ... (click for more)

Armed Forces Parade Rolls On Despite Pandemic

The 71st a nnual Armed Forces Parade was held on Friday in downtown Chattanooga - despite the ongoing pandemic. Citizens lined Market Street to express their thanks to the men and woman who are in the military and to first responders. Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann thanked Civilian Chairman Chris Dooley for staging the parade during this difficult time. Rep. Fleischmann ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Courts' Role In Protecting Voting Rights

Nov. 3, Election Day, is right around the corner. Of course, voting is fundamental to elections. It is through voting we both give our consent to those we entrust to govern us and hold those governing us accountable. From our right to vote come many of our rights and freedoms. Every day seems to bring new stories about disputes over voting, many of which are pursued through lawsuits. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

So, The Saturday Funnies calls on “the Riddler” and tells him we want one that is not too easy yet not too hard. Here’s the reply: “You are in a bar having a drink with an old friend when he proposes a wager. "Want to play a game?" he asks. "Sure, why not?" you reply. "Ok, here's how it works. You choose three possible outcomes of a coin toss, either heads-heads-heads; or ... (click for more)

Sports

Vols Set For Showdown With 2nd-Ranked Alabama

Tennessee will look to end its two-game skid this Saturday afternoon when the Vols host SEC rival Alabama at Neyland Stadium. Saturday's contest between the Vols and second-ranked Crimson Tide will mark the 103 rd meeting between the two storied programs. Tickets for Saturday's game are sold out. Gates open to the public two hours prior to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. BROADCAST ... (click for more)

UTC Football Plays Lone Fall Contest Saturday At Western Kentucky

Year two of the Rusty Wright era officially gets underway this weekend when the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team travels to Western Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff in Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky., is set for 4:00 p.m. (E.D.T.). This game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5. It was moved to Thursday, Sept. 3, in June and ... (click for more)