I-65 crash victim remembered as loving daughter, sister

I-65 crash victim remembered as loving daughter, sister (Image 1)
I-65 crash victim remembered as loving daughter, sister (Image 1)

A young Giles County woman struck by a car and killed on Interstate 65 in Williamson County Friday night is being remembered as a loving sister and daughter who was full of life.

Jessica Coleman, 20, and her friend, Rodney Hatton, 26, were hit while crossing the interstate after they were involved in a minor accident.

Just a few hours earlier, her mother, Vicki, received a text message from her daughter with a picture she had taken of herself.

“She was having a good night,” Vicki Coleman recalled, adding, “She had a big smile on her face.  She looked so pretty.”

Vicki says her daughter had visited her sister in Columbia, gotten a manicure and was spending the rest of the evening with a friend.

She learned of her daughter's death after receiving a knock on her door from a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer.

Her heart sank.  “I didn't hear a word he said,” Vicki Coleman recalled.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jessica Coleman and Hatton were involved in a minor accident and were crossing the interstate to get help when they were hit around 11 p.m.

Both died at the scene.

Alexandria Coleman will remember her sister for her kind heart and willingness to help others.

“Most sisters fight. We never did,” Alexandria Coleman said.

Jessica Coleman was a 2011 graduate of Giles County High School and a cosmetologist.  She also volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and taught youth at her church.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday.

Charges have not been filed against the driver who hit Coleman and Hatton.

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