Alcoa police officer injured when SUV crashes into his parked vehicle

Officer Cory Phillips (source: Alcoa Police Department)

ALCOA (WATE) – An Alcoa police officer is recovering in the hospital after an off-duty car crash.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a 2008 Ford Escape driven by Amber Headrick, 26, of Seymour, was traveling north on Hinkle Estates Drive at a high rate of speed, according to a witness.

A vehicle belonging to Alcoa police officer Cory Phillips, 28, was parked and he was standing outside the vehicle reaching in the door while his wife was reaching into the backseat to unbuckle her child when Headrick’s vehicle crashed into the Phillips vehicle from behind.

The crash flipped Headrick’s vehicle on its top and threw Phillips into the air. He landed on the roadway and suffered head trauma.

Phillips’s wife and 2-year-old son were not injured. Phillips suffered a skull fracture but is expected to make a full recovery.

Headrick was also injured and charged with failure to exercise due care.

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