Charges pending after Cumberland County school resource officer injured from being hit by car

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A Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was hit by a car.

A preliminary incident description, provided by Tennessee Highway Patrol, reports a vehicle ran over Deputy Scott Iles, he hit the windshield, and landed 50 feet in front of the vehicle. 

The sheriff’s office says Deputy Scott Iles was directing traffic at North Cumberland Elementary School when he was hit from behind.

THP reports the driver is Patrick Henry Hicks III, 87, from Monterey, Tenn. At this time, THP reports charges are pending. 

According to the preliminary description, the vehicle was traveling south on Highway 127N. 

The sheriff’s office says Iles was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning. He had injuries to his head that required well over 200 stitches, a cracked sternum and damage to his knee. He is expected to make a full recoevy.

Sheriff Casey Cox said Iles was not wearing a body camera. Cox said in the five years since CCSO introduced SROs in schools, no one has been “hit to this extent” and that accidents like this “don’t happen often.” 

Cox also said the driver of the vehicle was an “elderly gentleman”. He says he hopes the public remembers to be aware at all times when driving, pay attention to signs, and abide by the posted speed limit signs.  Cox added, other drivers should remember to “slow down” if lights are flashing in a school zone. 

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