EB lanes of I-24 reopened after hit and run, suicide

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 are back open after a hit and run crash and a suicide eight miles apart.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Tennessee man shortly after his involvement in a hit and run collision in McCracken County.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office received a report of a hit and run on Interstate 24 near the 15 mile marker at about 12:19 p.m. on Monday.  That crashed blocked both eastbound lanes for a while.

A silver Mercedes was reported to have struck a vehicle in the rear on the interstate and continued east.

Kentucky State Police found the Mercedes parked on the eastbound shoulder, near the 23 mile marker.

When they looked in the vehicle, troopers found the driver, Gilbert Pearsall, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

State Police detectives were called to the scene and discovered items in the vehicle linking Pearsall to the Nashville, Tennessee area.

After speaking with Nashville authorities, KSP learned that Pearsall was suspected of killing his estranged wife early Monday morning.

Vickie Pearsall was found dead at a dental office where she worked as a receptionist in the Green Hills area of Nashville around 7 a.m.

Gilbert Pearsall was being sought in connection for the murder. Kentucky State Police are investigating Gilbert Pearsall's death as a suicide and continue to work closely with the Metro Nashville Police to assist with their murder investigation.

Lanes are back open at both sites, according to KYTC.

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