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New Video Shows Pedestrian Moments Before Deadly Hit-And-Run

New Video Shows Pedestrian Moments Before Deadly Hit-And-Run

CREATED Jun 20, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NewsChannel 5 has obtained exclusive video of a victim in a deadly hit-and-run crash just seconds before he was struck while crossing a street in Madison last month.

Metropolitan Nashville Police have still not made any arrests in the death of Allen Hoogewind, of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 71-year-old man was with a friend when he got off an MTA bus along Gallatin Pike on the night of May 6. They walked to a crosswalk at Walton Lane and the bus drove away.

A few seconds later, Hoogewind crossed the road and was fatally hit by either an SUV or truck. The driver sped away.

“They did start walking across the intersection in a crosswalk, but the light had not changed yet. The light was green for the vehicle,” said Mark Denton with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Hoogewind had come to Nashville from Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend a conference at the Music City Center.

By phone, his wife Coral told us he was a counselor who dedicated his life to helping people.

“He worked in the areas of addiction. That was his specialty,” she said.

Coral Hoogewind didn't want to talk about the police investigation, but more than a month later no one has been arrested.

Investigators are still trying to locate the vehicle.

Sergeant Denton said the person Hoogewind was with described it as a dark colored SUV or truck. There would have been damage to the front end.

It's possible someone in the auto body repair business may have fixed the vehicle in the days or weeks the crash.

“There was no evidence of braking. There are no skid marks, nothing that showed he tried to take evasive action and don't even know if he could have. I don't know that,” Denton added.

The fact the driver did not stop leads police to speculate the person should not have been driving.

Coral Hoogewind said texting and driving, as well as using drugs or alcohol, come to mind.

“It could be a person who really needs help. Okay, and that's the kind of person he gave his life serving. That was his work,” she said.

If you have any information that could help lead to an arrest, call Crime Stoppers at (615)74-CRIME. Tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers by texting the word "CASH" along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.

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