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Police continue searching for information regarding hit-and-run

Posted: Updated: March 7 2013 05:47 PM

Fatal crash investigators have had no success in their efforts to identify the cab driver who picked up the victim of an apparent hit-and-run.

A cab picked up Livia Smith outside 3 Crow Bar on Woodland Street in the Five Points area of East Nashville in the early hours of February 20.

According to reports, Smith used her credit at 1:40 a.m. and was found by a motorist, deceased and lying in the 2600 block of Barclay Drive a few hours later that morning.

She sustained a head injury and abrasions to her knees and hands. It is possible those were caused by exiting a moving vehicle.

Investigators believe the cab driver could have been one of the last people to see Smith alive.

Witnesses have reported that the cab Smith entered appeared to be yellow.

Authorities have visited Nashville's Yellow Cab Company, but could find no record of a fare at the above mentioned time or location, although the company's record keeping was poor.

Yellow Cab's General Manager, Doug Trimple, said that they have been working closely with investigators.

The company's cabs are independently owned and operated, and some are even sub leased to multiple drivers, which is how record keeping ends up lacking.

"We are looking over every manifest we got to see if this was documented," Trimple said.

Although it is required by law, officials at Yellow Cab said sometimes drivers don't check with dispatch when they take quick fares. Getting those quick fairs on the street could jeopardize their position to be dispatched for a pick-up, giving the fare to another driver.

Authorities also spoke with nearly 20 cab drivers who frequent the Five Points area, yet none has provided any information regarding the cabbie that picked up Smith.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke with the Director of the Transportation Licensing Commission on Thursday.

The director, Billy Fields, said that he suspects every cab in Nashville will be equipped with a GPS tracking device in the next 90-120 days.

He believes that the tragedy surrounding Smith's death will expedite new laws that mandate all Nashville cabs comply.

"We would know a lot more. We would know every cab out on the grid that night, at least we would be able to track, and with that kind of information it would be one more tool the PD could use in their investigation," Fields said.

Investigators are now turning to the Crime Stoppers program for help in identifying the cab driver and developing additional information.

Anyone with information regarding Smith's final hours is encouraged to call 615-742-7463 and is eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

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