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 an east Nashville woman found lying in the roadway of Barclay Drive Wednesday morning.
The body of Livia Rose Smith was reported to police by a passing motorist just after 5 a.m.
"We are talking to her friends and her roommate trying to determine her whereabouts last night," said Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Kris Mumford.
Investigators have determined Smith was at the Village Pub off McGavock Pike in the hours before her death.
A pub manager told Nashville's News 2 Smith came into the bar around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, had a few drinks, then left around 9 p.m.
The 32-year-old retail worker reportedly got into a cab and drove away.
Her home is only 2-1/2 miles from the pub, but investigators are not sure if she headed home or ventured elsewhere.
She was found less than a block from her home with her belongings strewn about the road. She 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.