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Police arrest driver accused in deadly north Nashville hit-and-run

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Police say the driver left the scene after hitting the bicyclist. (WSMV) Police say the driver left the scene after hitting the bicyclist. (WSMV)
Mary Celestine, 62, was arrested at her workplace. (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Mary Celestine, 62, was arrested at her workplace. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Police say they have arrested the driver accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist in north Nashville early Monday morning.

According to police officers at the scene, the victim was walking across Clarksville Pike outside of a crosswalk when she was struck near Buena Vista Pike.

The victim, 24-year-old Courtney Barnes, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She later died from her injuries.

Barnes' boyfriend, Derrick McKinney, told police that Barnes was crossing the street to go to a convenience store.

The accused driver, 62-year-old Mary Celestine, was arrested at Vanderbilt on Monday morning. News4 has learned Celestine works on the food services team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police said a colleague of Celestine's noticed the front-end damage on Celestine's car and notified police.

Investigators interviewed Celestine, who reportedly implicated herself in the fatal crash. She is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, failure to render aid and failure to file an accident report. Police said Celestine showed no evidence of using drugs or alcohol.

Celestine was released on $10,500 bond.

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