Bill Giannini, former deputy commissioner of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Shelby County, was killed in a car crash Thursday.

Giannini was driving to Memphis from Nashville when the crash occurred at about 1:40 p.m. on Interstate 40 westbound in Decatur County, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Officials say he was driving eastbound on I-40 when his vehicle crossed through the median into the westbound lanes.

The driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash, and it is unknown what his condition is.

Republican Party of Shelby County Chairman Lee Mills released a statement on Giannini’s death:

“Bill was an outstanding invididual and we have many fond memories of him. I will personally remember his enthusiasm, his quick wit and his infectious smile.

Bill’s work as Chairman of the Republican Party of Shelby County laid the groundwork for many of the successes we see today.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.”