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Metro Police ID Woman Hit, Killed On I-40

Posted: 3:00 AM, May 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-01 15:44:45Z
Incident Slows Traffic On I-40 West Near...
Incident Slows Traffic On I-40 West Near...
Incident Slows Traffic On I-40 West Near...

A woman, who was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on Interstate 40, was “under the influence of a controlled substance” at the time of the incident, police said.   

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said Rebecca M. Mealer was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her husband, Ronald, when she asked to be let out around 2:45 a.m. 

He pulled over near the Donelson Pike exit, believing she would walk up the ramp, police said. Instead, the 37-year-old allegedly walked into westbound lanes and was struck.

It’s unclear how many vehicles were involved in the incident.

Investigators said there were multiple calls to 911, saying there was a woman's body in the road.

One driver, a 23-year-old Nashville woman, stopped and waited for officers. No charges were placed against her.

The incident caused major traffic issues throughout the morning commute. The roadway reopened around 8 a.m.