Police struggle for information in East Nashville woman's death, turn to Crime Stoppers

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:15pm
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Livia Rose Smith

Metro police have reached an impasse in their investigation of Livia Rose Smith’s death after apparently taking a cab from the Five Points area two weeks ago.

Police are now turning to Crime Stoppers with the hope of identifying the cab driver who picked Smith outside of 3 Crow Bar on Woodland Street in East Nashville and therefore would have been one of the last persons to see the 32-year-old woman alive.

Witnesses have told police that what appeared to be a yellow cab picked Smith up in the 1:40 to 1:45 a.m. timeframe on Wednesday, Feb. 20, outside of the bar. She was found about three and a half hours later lying dead in the 2600 block of Barclay Drive, near her home.

Smith was found with a head injury and abrasions to her knees and hands that police believe could indicate she exited a moving vehicle.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, investigators have visited Nashville’s Yellow Cab Company — as well as about 20 cab drivers who work the Five Points area — but have found no record of a fare matching the time or location of Smith’s. Police did, however, categorize the cab company’s record keeping as “lacking.”

Police are asking anyone with information on this case to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or text the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers can also be found online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.

Those who contact Crime Stoppers with a tip or information by phone, text or Internet can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

7 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 3/7/13 at 6:19

With this much hold out on the cab ride, if in fact it took place, now places
much suspicion on said cab as to possible being involved in some way
or driver with something else to keep hidden. Time frame tell us the old
saying about "nothing good happening after midnight" rings very true.

By: LFCRed on 3/7/13 at 9:23

Way to go, Keystone Kops - poor girl deserve justice.
Start shutting down the cab companies to brow beat them into more/better cooperation...

By: tigre1 on 3/7/13 at 10:17

I don't use Yellow Cab and have been very fortunate to have found a taxi service that has a wonderful centralized dispatch system. I have never had a problem with them and, in fact, one driver explained to me that if the meter keeps running when the taxi is stopped at a redlight, that is a violation and should be reported to Metro!

By: PKVol on 3/7/13 at 11:03

If record-keeping is a requirement of the business, then the "lacking" record keeping should result in a fine and if the "lacking" record keeping was do to gross negligence or possibly to cover-up a crime, then criminal charges should be forthcoming.

I would propose that the good citizens of Nashville who use taxis for transportation boycott the Yellow Cab company. All cabs charge the same rates, so using a different company won't cost the rider anything different.

If I had to wager a guess based on the facts as they've been disclosed, the driver was trying to 'negotiate' the fare with the rider and when she refused the offer, the driver responded negatively and tried to drive away at which time, she attempted to jump out of the vehicle.

By: PKVol on 3/7/13 at 11:04

do = due

By: dargent7 on 3/7/13 at 1:32

This is beyond pathetic. You tell me when a Cab driver picks a fare up they don't call dispatch to announce it? Especially at 1:45 AM.
If not, then change the rules.
How is it possible that anyone can be killed, dumped off on the pavement and nobody knows 'anything".
The Cab driver certainly recognized this woman with platinum blonde hair.
Certainly a homicide and a cover-up.

By: Jughead on 3/7/13 at 2:18

Check with Fahid Bobbingdollhead.