Driver's bond set for $750K in connection with BPD officer's death

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Ashley Kroese 

A Williamson County judge has set a $750,000 bond for the driver who hit Brentwood Police Department officer Destin Legieza’s vehicle last week.

Ashley Kroese of Thompson’s Station was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in the death of BPD officer Destin Legeiza. A funeral service for Legeiza, 30, was held Wednesday. He is the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the department’s 50-year history.

Kroese, 24, was booked into Williamson County Jail Monday. Police said she had a blood alcohol level of .166 – more than twice the legal limit – when she was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on June 18.

Judge M.T. Taylor set the bond Monday in the first hearing in the case. If convicted, Kroese faces an eight to 12-year sentence.

Police said video from the Brentwood Market and Deli, near where Kroese’s vehicle collided with Legieza’s patrol car, showed Kroese’s Jeep Liberty traveling in the wrong lane at the time of impact. The Tennessee Highway Patrol also reported Kroese didn’t have her headlights on.

Both were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the crash where Legieza died.

Kroese was shown Monday in a wheelchair with a sling on her right arm in the hearing. The 24-year-old is also a French citizen and has lived in the United States since 2019. Her next court date has not been set.

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