Officials with Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said Mary Katherine Frazier was attempting to cross Clarksville Pike near Buena Vista Pike just before 11 p.m. Monday when she was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling north.
Frazier died at the scene. She lived nearby on Hydes Ferry Road.
Mary Frazier's friends and family said they were still trying to comprehend the tragic news.
"She was on her way home -- they just struck her and left her there to die,” said Frazier’s niece Lisa Bostic.
Kat, as most of her friends knew her, lived and worked close to the intersection where she was hit. Her family said she was visiting friends Monday night and was walking home when she was struck.
Police said she was trying to cross the roadway outside of a crosswalk. The nearest one was approximately 200 feet from where she was hit.The driver of the truck fled the scene, but police said the impact caused the truck's radiator to burst. They followed the trail of coolant to a home on Hydes Ferry Road, where they found the truck with obvious damage and one of the victim's shoes underneath it.
Police took the owner of the pickup truck, 76-year-old Fred Edwards, to the the North Precinct for an interview, where he denied being involved in a crash. Edwards reportedly told officers that someone must have stolen the truck from his driveway and then returned it.
The truck was impounded for processing.
No criminal charges have been placed at present, but police continued to investigate.
While Mary Frazier's family search for answers, they said they believe drivers are to blame for pedestrian fatalities.
"He was driving, she was walking, so it was his… he could've stopped, surely he saw her. She's light skin, he couldn’t' have missed her,” said Frazier’s sister Norma Steele.
But others will argue that pedestrians also need to do their part.
"They got the traffic lights up there, they've got the crosswalk, people just need to, observe. pay more attention,” Frazier’s friend Erie Paige told NewsChannel 5.RELATED STORY: