ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman was killed after being hit by a driver in the parking lot of the Ashland City Walmart Thursday.
It happened at the business at 1626 Highway 12 South just after 10:30 a.m.
Police on the scene told News 2 the middle-aged victim, identified as Kathy Pool, was walking into the store with her adult daughter when an elderly woman in a white GMC Envoy reversed and accelerated for an unknown reason.
The driver of the SUV told authorities she did not realize she backed over the victim. She then continued driving, dragging Pool about 25 feet.
Pool, whose age was not immediately known, died at the scene.
Ashland City police said the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.
Monte Allen was working on his car in the parking lot during when he heard the crash.
“All I heard was a lady scream at the top of her lungs, heard a vehicle rev-up high and then I heard a smack. I didn’t know what it was,” said Allen.
He continued, “The lady rear-ended into the back of a jeep and I went over there asking, I yelled, ‘What are you doing?’ and then I turned and saw someone lying in the street not moving.”
Charges were not immediately filed. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is assisting in the ongoing investigation.
Walmart released the following statement regarding the incident: “We are deeply saddened that this tragic incident occurred at one of our stores and our deepest condolences go out to the families involved.”