4 Injured When Struck By SUV On Broadway
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four people were hospitalized after being struck by an SUV along Broadway in downtown Nashville overnight.
The pedestrians crossed the street in front of Layla's Bluegrass Inn when they were struck by an SUV just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said they did not look before crossing.
"It's really sad to see this and I'd like to not see this again," Carl Seals said.
Seals works on Broadway.
"Me and my coworkers were inside. We heard a slam, just a slam. It sounded like, almost a car hitting another car. (I) came outside and there (were) just four people lying in the street," he said.
The SUV was driven by 30-year-old Corey Hughes. He stayed on the scene, cooperated with police and passed a field sobriety test. He was cited for driving with no proof of insurance but will not face any charges.
"There was absolutely no indication that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said Captain Kenneth Walburn with the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Police said after looking at surveillance video from nearby businesses, it seemed as though the pedestrians were impaired. Crystal McElroy, age 35, from of Orlando, Florida was in stable condition. Patricia Allen, age 45, of Jacksonville, was in surgery. Denny Martin, age 50, who was believed to be from Jacksonville was also in stable condition. Eric Rosenbaum, age 26, of Nashville was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and released.
"A lot of people think they just walk out in between these taxis," Mandolin Mike said. "And they're not very safe if they walk out in between two cabs to see what's in the third or second lane."
Police said a parked taxi cab obstructed the view for both pedestrians and drivers. Those who frequent Broadway have seen their share of close calls, but some say nothing like this.
"I was upset to hear about it. Everyone takes advantage of being able to cross the street but nobody's gotten hurt," said musician John Root.
Officials advised pedestrians to look both ways before crossing Broadway, or better yet, walk a few extra feet to a crosswalk.