NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was hit and killed on Briley Parkway near the Nashville airport Friday evening after people called 911 on reports of someone walking through traffic.
According to authorities, police began receiving those calls around 3 p.m. from the area of Lebanon Pike. Around 5:30 p.m., the man was hit by a truck near Elm Hill Pike and died at the scene.
Metro police identified the victim as 27-year-old Marcus Dixon.
Metro police at the scene told News 2 Dixon took a cab to Briley and asked to be dropped off in the roadway. The cab driver reportedly wouldn’t allow it and dropped him off on Elm Hill Pike, where he left his wallet behind in the cab.
Dixon returned on foot to Briley Parkway where he walked north alongside the roadway toward oncoming southbound traffic, according to a release.
The driver of a tractor-trailer was in the far right turn lane near Elm Hill Pike where he planned to exit Briley Parkway. He told investigators that Dixon made eye contact with him and then jumped into the path of the tractor-trailer.
The driver was unable to avoid the collision and Dixon died at the scene.
Several lanes of Briley were shut down while Metro police investigated. Traffic was backed up for miles.
Toxicology testing will be conducted on Dixon to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role in this fatal crash.