4 people struck by car in downtown Nashville

4 people struck by car in downtown Nashville

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Four people were struck by an SUV in downtown Nashville early Tuesday morning.

The accident happened on Broadway not far from 4th Avenue North just before 3 a.m.

When police arrived to the scene, the victims, Crystal McElroy,35, of Orlando Florida, Patricia Allen, 49, of Jacksonville Florida, Denny Martin,50, of Jacksonville Florida, and Eric Rosenbaum, 26, of Nashville were lying in the middle of the street.

Officials on the scene told News 2 the women were injured the worst and McElroy was unconscious upon their arrival.

Police said the group was initially walking in an easterly direction on the north side of Broadway when they suddenly darted into traffic in front of a parked cab and then blindly walked in front of the traveling SUV.  

According to reports, the four appeared to have been drinking based on their unsteady gait.

"We have heard that they didn't look before they began to cross and the SUV that came down the street the driver reported he didn't see them," said Metro Police Spokesman Don Aaron.

News 2 obtained exclusive surveillance video taken from a downtown business capturing the terrifying moments after the group was stuck by the SUV.  

Authorities said the group walked out in front of traffic without looking.  The video illustrates employees of the business, as well as concerned passerby rushed to tend to the victims.

All four were transported Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

McEltory underwent surgery late Tuesday afternoon. Allen and Martin were last listed in stable condition, while Rosenbaum has since been treated and released.

Charges are not expected against the driver, Corey Hughes, 30, of Columbia.  

Witnesses told News 2 Hughes is a musician who performed downtown overnight Monday.

Police stated he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. However, Hughes was cited for driving without proof of insurance.

Those who frequent the popular strip told News 2 pedestrians crossing in the middle of the block and not at marked crosswalks is a common occurrence.

"As a driver you have to watch but you really can't help if somebody walks right out in front of you," said concerned resident Rachael Hester.

Metro police, which has a major presence along the busy road, said it's on pedestrians and motorists to make the right decisions.

"Motorists and pedestrians must be aware of each other and ensure each other's safety," said Aaron.

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