Pedestrian Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-24 West
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The pedestrian killed early Sunday morning when she was struck by multiple vehicles on I-24 West near the Davidson/Rutherford County line is tentatively identified as a 22-year-old Memphis woman. The Medical Examiner will work with her family to make positive identification.
According to the preliminary investigation, prior to the fatal crash the woman had been driving her Nissan Versa east on I-24 while missing the driver’s side tire and traveling on the rim for some time. Her car then struck the guardrail on the right shoulder of I-24 East.
Another driver reported seeing a person laying on the left shoulder of the interstate who got up, jumped over the median wall, and ran across westbound lanes nearly getting hit. The driver stopped and yelled at the person to see if they were alright. The person waved and ran off again.
At 4:30 a.m. the driver of a westbound 2017 Nissan Titan pickup, David Ballard, 48, of Smyrna, struck the woman in the far left lane of travel. It appears that she was then struck by several other vehicles that did not remain on the scene. At the time of the crash, the woman was only wearing one shoe and the matching shoe was found in the Versa which was registered to the Memphis woman. Her driver’s license was also inside the car.
There was no evidence of drug/alcohol involvement on the part of Ballard. Toxicology testing will be conducted on the woman to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role in this fatal crash.