Daughter of woman struck by SUV, nonprofits advocate for safer crosswalks in Nashville

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Tyler Page now relies on memories to get her through life without her mom. 

Her mom, 57-year-old Doris McElroy, died after being hit by an SUV on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage.

McElroy and her daughter were trying to cross the street to get to the Firestone parking lot.  

 “I constantly ask myself questions like, ‘what could I have done?’ was it time for me pull her?’,” said Page. 

But Page says her mom pushed her out of the way so she wouldn’t get hit. Officers said they weren’t in a crosswalk and it was a poorly lit area.

Police say the driver of the vehicle said she couldn’t avoid the collision. But Page says she wants more done. 

“Crosswalks, better lighting.” 

Others want that too. On Saturday, the nonprofits, “walk bike Nashville” and “music city riders”, gathered for a memorial walk down Gallatin Pike hoping to point the attention of city leaders to the dangers of walking in Nashville. 

“We would like to see at least $1.5 million dollars in the capital budget next year to address the locations that we know are already unsafe,” Nora Kern with Walk Bike Nashville. 

The nonprofits say they’re also here to honor the pedestrians who’ve died in recent years. Walk Bike Nashville says at least 23 people were killed in 2018. 

A new list starts again this year with Tyler’s mom on it, but she’ll be fighting to change that. 

“She saved me for a reason.” 

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