BRENTWOOD— Friday will be one year since Brentwood Police Officer Destin Legieza lost his life in a car crash on Franklin Road.
State and local leaders, including Rep. Brandon Ogles-(R-Franklin), Rep. Glen Casada-(R-Franklin), Rep. Sam Whitson (R-Franklin) and others were in attendance to honor Legieza, a portion of Franklin will be renamed the “Officer Destin Legieza Memorial Highway.” The portion named will extend from the intersection of West Concord Road to the intersection of Murray Lane.
“I just hope they remember Destin, he was a really good person, such a good police officer, he really cared about people, he served so well. I hope people remember that he made the ultimate sacrifice, he’s never coming back—not many people want to sign up to be a police officer-he did-he loved it,” said Heather Legieza.
Office Legieza was killed on June 18, 2020, when a wrong-way driver struck his patrol car in a head-on collision. According to an affidavit, Ashley Kroese had a blood alcohol level BAC of .166 and was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes at the time of the accident.
Ashley Kroese was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in the officer’s case.
Officer Destin Legieza was the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the Brentwood Police Department’s 50-year history.