Woman’s roadway death in east Nashville stresses need for crosswalks

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The daughter of a woman who was hit and killed in east Nashville says she happened upon the accident moments after it happened.

Maggie Muse, 53, was walking from Camille’s Market on Gallatin Pike and was heading back home when she was hit. She was rushed to the hospital and later died.

“She was all broke up and bleeding everywhere,” Maggie’s daughter Mary said through tears. “She was like the backbone of everybody. She held us all together.”

Mary Muse (Photo: WKRN)
Mary Muse (Photo: WKRN)

Mary told News 2 she’s lived in East Nashville her whole life. She thinks there needs to be more crosswalks and better lightning.

“I’ve seen all types of wrecks there. This is not the first accident that’s happened right there,” she said. “It’s a very, very busy area.”

Four council districts touch Gallatin Road but the accident happened in Councilman Scott Davis’s district. He says Gallatin is a wide street with lots of vehicles.

Councilman Davis told News 2 he’d like to see it become more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“We all want the improvement of Gallatin road because we live there and our kids live there,” Councilman Davis said. “We wouldn’t want something like that to happen to our kids or our mother.”

He’s not alone. News 2 spoke with Councilman Brett Withers and Councilman Anthony Davis. They agreed that Gallatin Road needs to be improved.

The council members say there needs to be updated and new crosswalks, bike lanes, and better lighting.

Davis also wants to work with his fellow council members to put the improvements in next year’s budget.