Anne Marie Hudson died Monday morning after the driveshaft of a pickup truck fell off and burst through the windshield of her car on Interstate 24 in La Vergne, Tenn., according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Bill Miller, spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said Wednesday police are still investigating the incident, but no criminal charges have been filed in the “very unfortunate” accident.
“At this present time, it doesn’t appear there will be criminal charges, due to this being mechanical and not malicious and not intentional,” Miller said. Police did identify the driver and cited him as causing the accident, a police report said.
The car part fell off of a 2008 Dodge Ram at about10:30 a.m. and went flying toward the Chevrolet Equinox driven by Hudson’s husband, LeRoy Hudson, also 77, of Canton. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, it then bounced off another car and burst through the window, hitting Hudson as she sat in the passenger seat.
Neither LeRoy Hudson or the other drivers were injured in the crash, police said.
According to Dalya Qualls of the Tennessee Department of Safety, once the driveshaft came loose from the truck, there was little to be done to save the Canton woman.
“This was an unfortunate accident and there was nothing any driver could have done,” Qualls said Wednesday.
Hudson was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and later to Davidson County, Tenn., medical examiner’s office.
Woodstock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
The funeral is Saturday at 3 p.m. at Saint Michaels the Archangel Church where Hudson was a member.
Along with her husband, Hudson is survived by three sons, two daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.