Trooper Aaron Rumford

Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Aaron Rumford was killed in a motorcycle crash.

An off-duty Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash in Nashville.

Aaron Rumford, 29, was traveling south on 21st Avenue South from the Hillsboro Village area on his Yamaha motorcycle at 4:35 p.m. when he struck a northbound Audi Q3 that was turning onto Portland Avenue. Rumford was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died. The driver of the Audi was not injured.

There were no indications of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene, Metro police said. The preliminary contributing factor appears to have been excessive speed on the part of Rumford. The investigation is continuing.

Rumford joined the THP in 2015. He was assigned to the Nashville District in Wilson County, where he served until 2018, when he was selected for a position in the Executive Protection Unit, according to the THP.

The Executive Protection Unit is responsible for the security of the first family, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House.

Gov. Bill Lee tweeted that Rumford became a beloved member of the Lee family.

“Aaron devoted his life to protecting others & was one of the kindest individuals we have ever had the pleasure of knowing,” Lee’s tweet said.

“Rumford exemplified the core values of the Tennessee Highway Patrol in all aspects of his life and represented himself, his family, and the THP honorably,” the THP said in a statement on social media.

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