NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police said they will charge a driver with vehicular homicide in a wrong way crash that killed a woman.
Rebecca Benson, 22, allegedly got onto I-40 at Broadway going the wrong way in her 2006 Lexus RX 330 around 4 a.m. Wednesday. She then allegedly struck a 2000 Chevrolet Ventura van head-on on I-65 North near Wedgewood. Police said she drove nearly a mile south in the northbound lanes before she hit the van.
The driver of the van, 29-year-old Steffanie Leonard, died at the scene.
Benson was critically injured and taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.
"There were reports of an explosion, but obviously when you have a head on crash, especially when it's on the interstate, there is going to be a severe impact and I would assume it made a very loud noise similar to an explosion," said a Metro Police officer at the crash.
First responders said that Benson smelled of alcohol and she allegedly said she had been drinking prior to the crash.
Benson will be arrested and charged once she is discharged from the hospital.
The interstate was shut down for four hours; it re-opened around 8:30 a.m.