Reported By Heather Jensen, Reporter - bio | email
Livia Smith, 32, was found dead approximately one block from her east Nashville home.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police are investigating the death of a woman found lying in an east Nashville road Wednesday morning.
The body of Livia Smith was reported to police by a passing motorist just after 5 a.m.
Police learned a cab picked Smith up outside 3 Crow Bar on Woodland Street in the
Five Points area of East Nashville.
She used her credit at 1:40 a.m. and was found a few hours later by a
motorist, deceased and lying in the 2600 block of Barclay Drive less than a block from her home
Her belongings were strewn about the road and she had suffered a head injury and abrasions to her hands and knees.
Due to her location and the narrow roadway, police are investigating several potential causes.
"Our hit-and-run traffic investigators are looking into the possibility of a hit-and-run," said Mumford. "East precinct investigations are continuing to also interview people."
Neighbors who live near the scene told Nashville's News 2 their neighborhood is typically quiet.
"I have been here 50 years and raised my children here. Not much happens," said resident Dorothy Martin.
Some of the neighbors expressed concerns about speeding on their street.
"After about Midnight, I am sure there are people rolling about 50 or 60 [miles-per-hour] down through here," said Jason Haight.
"People really fly through here not paying attention to the speed limit," added Katie Mae Mabry.
Neighbors were also concerned any responsible parties remain at large.
While the investigation continues, police feel Smith's death is an isolated incident.
"We did have some concerned neighbors in the area and we would like to reassure them that at this time we don't feel like there is any danger to them," said Mumford.
By Wednesday night, a makeshift memorial was placed at the roadside where Smith was found.
Smith's roommate spoke briefly to Nashville's News 2. He did not comment on the circumstances around of her death, only that those closest to her are struggling to deal with the unexpected and shocking loss.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.