Man hit and killed walking along I-65 in Nashville

Interstate 65 Crash Generic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was hit and killed while walking along Interstate 65 near Fern Street Saturday morning.  Metro police identified him as Brian Keith Reed, 34, of Antioch.

Investigators describe an unfortunate sequence of events that may have contributed to his death.

Reed was walking under the Fern Avenue overpass, where the shoulder is just 24 inches wide.

He was hit by a  pickup driving in the far right lane. The pickup was struck from behind by an SUV, either just before or just after hitting Reed.

Police say the pickup braked. The driver of the SUV told them she was unable to avoid hitting the pickup, sending the pickup into the concrete wall and possibly hitting Reed.

Reed was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead.

Police say the driver of the pickup is Salvador Austria, 48, of Gallatin, who was charged with driving without a license and failure to provide proof of insurance. Austria and 2 of his passengers went to Skyline Medical Center with minor injuries.

The SUV driver, Magalys Alfonso, 21, of Nashville was not hurt.