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Woman Charged With Homicide In Wrong Way Crash

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A woman who drove the wrong way down Interstate 65 and killed another woman earlier this week was charged with vehicular homicide on Thursday.

Police said that 22-year-old Rebecca Benson was formally served a vehicular homicide warrant inside her hospital room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was continuing to recover from her own crash injuries.

Benson allegedly entered the interstate going the wrong way in her 2006 Lexus RX 330 around 4 a.m. Wednesday. She then struck a 2000 Chevrolet Ventura van head-on on I-65 North near Wedgewood Ave. The driver of the van, 29-year-old Steffanie Leonard, died at the scene.

Police said they are still investigating Benson's activities before the crash, but first responders said Benson smelled of alcohol and she allegedly said she had been drinking prior to the crash.

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