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Toledo man at center of deadly accident in Tennessee

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A Toledo man is at the center of a deadly accident in Tennessee that killed a police officer.

Police say Dean and Lucille Diver of Toledo were on their way back from their Florida vacation, when their RV struck and killed an officer who was directing traffic.

The funeral service for Officer Michael Petrina was held today in Tennessee.

The 25 year old was struck and killed Saturday while trying to help direct traffic from a previous wreck on I-65.

Police say Dean Diver was driving the RV that struck Officer Petrina.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson says his department is devastated.

"well they are having a hard time coping with it, it's a you know they work together you know they spend probably as much time with each other as they do their own family so it's very hard on them."

Diver told authorities that an upcoming sign said one lane...even though 2 lanes were blocked.

He says he hit a blind curve and hit the police cruiser.

Diver gave this statement to 13 abc...

"I did what I could, police made a mistake, and I am trying to get through this. It's a hard time for everyone involved."

Petrina had just graduated from the Nashville Police Academy last year. He leaves behind a brother, a mother, and a father.

No charges have been filed against Diver in this case... but were told that could change.

The accident remains under investigation

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