Woman Charged In Bordeaux Fatal Hit-&-Run

Posted at 4:10 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 14:39:48-04

A 62-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in the Bordeaux area of Nashville.  

The incident happened on Clarksville Pike, near Buena Vista Pike at around 3:30 a.m. Monday. 

Investigators said 24-year-old Courtney Barnes and her boyfriend, Derrick McKinney, were walking with bicycles on the sidewalk along the southbound lanes of Clarksville Pike, when Barnes said she was going to walk across the street to buy a drink the convenience store. 

Police said Barnes was not in a crosswalk when she was struck. The driver did not stop. According to police, Mary Celestine was identified as the suspect in the case. 

Barnes suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she later died. 

Police said Celestine was arrested at Vanderbilt, where she works in the food preparation division. 

Another employee reportedly called police after noticing significant, front end damage to the car that was consistent with a car hitting a pedestrian.  During an interview, police said Celestine made statements implicating herself in the crash.  

Celestine was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, failure to render aid, and failure to file an accident report. She was released on a on a $10,500 bond.