NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 24-year-old man from Connecticut died early Sunday morning after he was struck by two cars on Interstate 40 East in Donelson.
The accident happened near Terminal Drive just before 4 a.m.
Metro police said the victim, a pedestrian, was struck first by a Chevrolet Cavalier. The driver, who later passed a field sobriety test and has not been charged, said he was unable to avoid the man.
The victim was then struck again by a second driver who did not stop.
He died at the scene. Metro police said they are still working to notify the victim’s next of kin so his name has yet to be released.
Witnesses reported to law enforcement that a Nissan Xterra driven by a white man stopped on the shoulder of the road near where the pedestrian was struck, but left the scene before police arrived.
It is still unclear why the man was in the roadway to begin with. Investigators are looking at several possibilities, like whether he was dropped off by someone or climbed over a barrier to cross the road.
Metro police added they plan to do toxicology testing on the victim to determine if there was drug or alcohol involvement on his part.
The investigation is ongoing. Further details were not immediately released.