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UPDATE: Pedestrian killed on I-40 identified

by Ponce Law | December 9th, 2020

HERMITAGE, TN – Authorities have identified the pedestrian killed on Interstate 40 before Exit 219/Stewarts Ferry Pike on Thursday, Dec. 3.

As we previously reported, the accident occurred at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday evening. Westbound lanes on Interstate 40 near Exit 219 were temporarily closed following the accident.

The City of Nashville has since released more information on the incident. The victim has been identified as 29-year old Stephen Alexander Mercaldo, a resident of Lilburn, Georgia. Officials said Mercaldo was hit by a Ford Expedition while trying to cross Interstate 40. The driver, 23-year old James Myers, did not stay at the scene of the accident. Mercaldo then collided with several other cars.

Later Thursday evening, Myers went to Madison Precinct to speak with officers about the incident. He did not show signs of being intoxicated and reported that the collision was unavoidable, as the car leading him had suddenly swerved out of the pedestrian’s way. Myers told officers that immediately following the accident, he took the next exit, and parked at a Donelson Pike gas station to be picked up by a friend.

At this moment, it is unclear whether Myers will face charges. We will update this blog should that information become available.

If a loved one has been killed or you have been hurt as a pedestrian in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for expenses resulting from the collision. Call the knowledgeable Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys at Ponce Law at (844) 204-6765 for a free consultation and to find out how we can get you the money you deserve.

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