Woman charged with DUI in crash that killed 2 in Nashville

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 14:24:16-05

MADISON, Tenn. (WTVF) — A 39-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a man and his elderly mother in Nashville.

Metro police said the crash happened at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on East Old Hickory Boulevard and Myatt Drive. Police said 61-year-old Robert Wood was driving north on Myatt Drive when he collided with an SUV being driven by Heather Markman.

Investigators said both vehicles simultaneously entered the intersection and collided.

Wood died at the scene. His 93-year-old mother, Mary Wood, was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where she died.

Markman was also transported to Skyline with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said as Markman was being taken to the hospital, she told a paramedic that she had four shots of alcohol and two alcoholic beverages at a bar prior to the crash. The paramedic also reported that she had a strong odor of alcohol.

According to police, she later admitted to officers at the hospital that she had consumed alcoholic beverages. Investigators said based on physical signs of impairment and her statements, a search warrant was obtained for a mandatory blood sample. She is currently charged with DUI and is free on $1,000 bond.

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Heather Markman

The investigation continues into which motorist had the right of way in the intersection.

This was the second deadly crash to happen at that location in two days.