A wrecker driver was killed late Thursday night as he loaded his daughter's broken down car onto a wrecker on the shoulder of Interstate 40 near Spence Lane, Metro Police said.
Eddy McCreery, 44, of Eastside Avenue, was on the driver’s side of the wrecker near the operating levers and outside of the traffic lane when a white Toyota sedan struck him, police said.
Witnesses told police that the Toyota was weaving from lane to lane just prior to striking McCreery. The car slowed but did not stop after impact.
Police later arrested Katrina Cornwell, 35, of East Campbell Road in Madison, after Opry Mills security found her sleeping in a car in the mall parking lot. The car had damage to its right side and was missing a mirror.
Cornwell, the driver of the Camry, smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet, and was unable to follow simple directions, police said. When asked if she had been drinking, Cornwell, a reporter for the Gallatin News-Examiner, told police that she had consumed two glasses of wine.
Cornwell is facing vehicular homicide by intoxication charges. Her bail was set at $60,000.