Woman arrested for deadly hit-and-run crash in Bordeaux


Metro police have arrested a Vanderbilt University Medical Center employee in connection with a hit-a-run crash that killed a woman early Monday morning in Bordeaux. 

Mary Celestine, 62, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, failure to render aid, and failure to file an accident report. 

According to Metro Police, the crash happened around 3:40 a.m. in the 3100 block of Clarksville Pike near Buena Vista Pike. 

24-year-old Courtney Barnes’ boyfriend told police they were both on the sidewalk along the westbound lanes of Clarksville Pike when Barnes gave McKinney her bicycle so she could walk across the road to buy a drink at a convenience store.  

As she was crossing Clarksville Pike, outside of a crosswalk, she was hit. The driver did not stop. Barnes was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died.

Celestine drove a 2000 Chevrolet Impala to Vanderbilt where a University spokesperson told us she works as a cook. Metro Police say another employee noticed significant front-end damage to the car, consistent with a car striking a pedestrian, and notified police. 

During an interview, Celestine made statements implicating herself in the fatal crash, according to police. She was arrested at Vanderbilt. 

Police say there was no evidence of drug or alcohol involvement on Celestine’s part. Celestine, of Manchester Avenue, is free on $10,500 bond.

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