OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police have an APB, or all-points bulletin, out Wednesday for the driver who ran down a bicyclist and left him in the middle of Old Hickory Boulevard.
The 53-year-old bicyclist is now in serious condition at TriStar Skyline Medical Center after the 4 a.m. hit-and-run near Field Drive.
Surveillance footage from a business across the street shows a man identified as Roman Alvarez riding his bike south in the Lakewood neighborhood.
Alvarez was wearing an orange-colored reflective vest, had a rear-facing light, a forward-facing light and standard reflectors. He was also wearing a helmet.
The video shows a pickup truck slamming into the bicyclist, never slowing down. Alvarez was dragged for a great distance as the truck continued on.
In the surveillance, you can see also sparks from under the pickup as the man and his bike are dragged along the asphalt.
Ultimately, the man is left motionless in the middle of the road as the light-colored truck drives away.
Police believe the pickup truck may have damage to its front bumper or hood and undercarriage.
Anyone with information about on the crash is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or 615-862-8600.
The hit-and-run happened right in front of Sunset Structures, which is owned by Gary Summey.
“My prayers and thoughts are with him,” Summey said of the bicyclist. “I don’t know him personally, but I see him biking through here almost every day, especially in the afternoons.”
“He is on the opposite of the road, but I have seen him in the mornings when he comes through here on this side, and he is with the traffic as he supposed to be,” the business owner added.
Many roads in Nashville don’t have bike lanes, which create a buffer between motorists and cyclists.
In the absence of a bike lane, bicycles act as a vehicle and are allowed to travel in the lane of traffic.
Nora Kern with Walk Bike Nashville says drivers should respect the 3-feet rule when passing cyclists.
“We don’t have bike lanes everywhere,” said Kern. “So when a bike is out on the road without a bike lane, where they’re perfectly legally allowed to be, it’s up to everyone else on the road to share the road and make sure that we all stay safe.”
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