Pedestrian Struck, Killed On Interstate 24 Identified
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A pedestrian was struck and killed Thursday evening on Interstate 24, shutting down the highway for hours.
It happened just before 8 p.m. near the Shelby Avenue exit in the eastbound lanes.
Police said witnesses told them the man, identified as 48-year-old Charles E. Potter, was standing in the middle of the road. Camishhaa Adams, 40, told police that she attempted to avoid hitting him, but the driver side mirror of her SUV clipped him, and he fell into the next lane of traffic.
He was then struck by a pickup truck, driven by 54-year-old Paul Franklin.
Investigators believe the drivers who hit him had very little time to react.
"He was sideswiped by one vehicle, knocked to the ground, and struck by another vehicle. We have spoke to both drivers. Their versions of what happened are consistent. Neither one of them appear to be impaired," said Metro Police Captain Gary Goodwin.
Potter died on the scene. Franklin was transported to Baptist Hospital with non-critical injuries.
Police said Potter was homeless, and was known by police to have alcohol issues. Police are waiting for toxicology results to help them determine whether or not alcohol or drugs played a role in his death.
The interstate was closed for several hours while detectives investigated the incident.