Nashville, TN — A teenager was crossing the street in downtown Nashville on Thursday afternoon (December 19) when she was hit and killed by an 18-wheeler, police say. 17-year old Elena Zamora, a student at Hume-Fogg High School, was killed at about 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon while trying to cross Church Street on foot.

Zamora was at the intersection of Church Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard, the Tennessean reports, and was in the crosswalk when 45-year old Troy Devitt’s 18-wheeler crashed into her. She passed away at the scene from her injuries.

Devitt told police that he didn’t Zamora in the crosswalk as he was making a turn. A full investigation is being conducted, though it’s not clear if any charges will be filed. It’s possible that Devitt had failed to yield to Zamora.

Scene of the Accident


Obviously, there are some facts here that weren’t mentioned in the news reports. Did the pedestrian have the “walk” sign when she was crossing? One of the attorneys here was a police officer for several years, and we were talking about pedestrians and yielding. As it turns out, the fact that the truck driver had a green light is fairly insignificant. Even if a driver has a green light at an intersection, they still have to yield to pedestrians who have the “walk” sign. These kinds of situations (accidents involving commercial trucks, that is) can be a bit interesting because most people assume they’re handed like regular car accidents – but that’s not the case. A lot of investigation typically goes into a commercial vehicle accident simply due to the fact that a company behind the truck driver is now involved in the situation. They have a vested interest in their driver and assets, therefore they typically fight accepting any kind of fault.


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