Police officer Nick Rodman dies in fiery two-vehicle collision during pursuit of alleged driver Wathaniel Woods, 37, on 26th and Duncan Streets in Louisville, Kentucky
Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said in a joint news conference at University Hospital that the officer, Nick Rodman, died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday after suffering a severe head injury.
Rodman, who had been with the department for more than three years, was pursuing a suspect around 8 p.m. Tuesday when his cruiser was hit near 26th and Duncan Streets. His cruiser was heavily damaged and caught fire. He had to be extricated from the wreckage before being rushed to University Hospital.
Rodman has a wife and two young children. His father and brother are also LMPD officers.
The reports say the man indicted for the murder of Officer Nick Rodman was drunk, on drugs and was driving nearly 80 miles an hour in west Louisville at the time of impact.
Woods’ actions and comments after the March 28 fatal wreck have been released as part of about 700 pages of documents, pictures, police body cam and dash cam videos and multiple interviews made public in his criminal case.