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Woman Charged In New Year's Day Hit & Run

Posted at 5:53 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 07:58:39-05

The driver accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian on New Year’s Day has been charged in the incident.

Officials with Metro police said 31-year-old Ateah Williams was arrested on several charges, including leaving a scene of a collision involving death, attempted child neglect and driving on a revoked license.

At this time, she hasn't been charged with vehicular homicide, but police said that charge is still a possibility.

Officers said 52-year-old Michael Drake was walking along Nesbitt Lane around 5 p.m. when Williams hit him with her SUV.

Believing she was the driver, she called police over the weekend.

Williams allegedly admitted to taking medicine that made her drowsy and caused her to black out.

According to investigators, she also had her 8-year-old daughter in the back seat at the time of the crash.

Williams was also convicted in 2014 of a hit and run involving property damage, which was a misdemeanor.  In that case, police said she struck a vehicle at the intersection of Neelys Bend Road and Gallatin Pike and kept going. 

Williams was booked into Metro Jail early Tuesday morning.