On December 31st, a Richmond woman was hit on I-64 after leaving her own vehicle. Louisville Metro Police were informed of a pedestrian fatality at around 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The police responding to the fatality were not aware of the entirety of the situation until arrival. They arrived on the scene at I-64 near the Hurstbourne Lane exit. The victim, Averi Lewis, had bolted from a car and then darted into traffic.
Lewis had been arguing with the driver of the SUV she was in, and as the argument became more heated, she jumped out of the car. As she exited the car, she was immediately struck by another vehicle on the freeway. Police report that the cause of death was blunt force trauma, consistent with the injuries of a high-speed impact, and that it was her birthday.
The driver of the SUV, and the driver of the vehicle that struck the victim stopped and remained on the scene. Lewis was declared dead at the crash site. The authorities are attempting to understand if there were drugs or alcohol present in the victim’s system. There were no additional injuries or accidents because of this instance. The Louisville Metro Police have not filed any charges yet, and don’t expect to file any charges at this point.
This crash did cause considerable traffic backup on New Year’s Eve but fortunately did not produce any other accidents, major or minor. The interstate had cleared up by the early Wednesday morning hours. There’s little more expected to be heard or released on this investigation as Metro Police have already commented on the larger aspects of the case including a lack of charges, the declaration of death at the scene, and recognition that the death was a result of the passenger’s choice to exit the vehicle in an unsafe manner.
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