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New Information Released In Hit & Run Death

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police have released new information about a woman killed in an apparent hit and run crash. Investigators said her injuries could have been caused by exiting a moving vehicle.

Livia Smith, age 32, was found dead last month on Barclay Drive. Investigators have been trying to identify the cab driver who may have last seen Smith alive, but so far those attempts have been unsuccessful.

Just this week, the Metro Licensing Commission started a full inspection of all taxi cabs to see if there was any damage to them, just one of many measures they've taken to get some answers.

Two weeks have passed since Smith was killed. She was found lying in the road just blocks from her East Nashville home, possibly the result of a hit and run.

"I think for all of this is very frustrating and this is a tragic event," said Metro's Transportation Licensing Commission Director Billy Fields. "We not only want to bring closure for the family but for the community in general."

Despite the passing of each day, investigators said they have not come any closer to determining what happened.

"If there was a driver involved and picked her up and took her home, we just need to know what happened. We just need to fill in the blanks so the police department can continue their investigation and get to the bottom of this," said Fields.

Witnesses told police Smith was last seen getting into a yellow taxi van the morning she died. Authorities didn't know for sure, but said the Yellow Cab Company was the only one in Nashville with vehicles matching the description.

"We're doing everything possible that we're trying to do to track down this cab who picked this lady up, if it was a yellow cab," said Yellow Cab General Manager Doug Trimble.

Trimble has been working with the police and Metro's Transportation Licensing Commission, turning over their logs and speaking with drivers.

"We're just going the extra mile," said Trimble.

However, authorities said they feared Smith's ride was never in the books.

"This might have been a 2-mile run in East Nashville. It would not be unusual not to write it down, It's illegal and it's inappropriate and it's a violation of the rule – but it wouldn't be unusual," said Fields.

A problem Trimble said he wanted to address so the mystery doesn't stay unsolved much longer.

"I don't know all the circumstances, but it's a saddened tragedy," said Fields.

Investigators have turned to Crime Stoppers for help identifying the cab driver. Anyone with information could get a cash reward of up to $1,000. The number to call is (615) 74-CRIME.

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