Memphis police mourning the loss of one of their own after fatal crash, officials say

Memphis, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own after a fatal crash on Saturday.

Officers responded to a two-car crash at the intersection of Hickory Hill Road and Swaying Pine Lane just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The crash involved an MPD motors officer and a Nissan, police said.

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According to MPD, the officer has been identified as 47-year-old Scotty Triplett. He was transported to Regional One in critical condition but did not survive his injuries, police said.

According to a preliminary investigation, one car was traveling southbound on Hickory Hill Road to make a left turn onto Swaying Pine Lane and pulled into the pathway of Officer Triplett. He was traveling northbound on Hickory Hill Road, police said.

Officer Triplett then struck the right front side of the car.

According to police, he was in emergency mode on a department-approved escort with other motors officers at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Nissan is being questioned but no charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Triplett has been with the Memphis Police Department since August 1993, police said.

“We thank him for his 27 years of service and education to our community. At this time, we ask that you keep his wife, children, family, and the men and women of the Memphis Police Department in your prayers,” the Memphis Police Department said.

“Tonight, our community lost a dedicated servant and a good man. My prayers are with his family and the men and women of the Memphis Police Department,” said interim Director James Ryall.