Metro Police said the pedestrian fatally injured in the southbound lanes of I-65 near Briley Parkway at 8:45 p.m. Friday was identified as Jorge Gonzales, 38, of Mayfield, Kentucky.
Investigators said their preliminary findings indicate that Gonzales was on the inside median of the interstate attempting to cross the roadway when he was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Sean Davis, 40, of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
David told police that he was unable to avoid Gonzales, whose vehicle was found parked on the shoulder of the roadway.
Gonzales was rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.
A friend crossing the interstate with Gonzales left the scene before police arrived, investigators said. He was found later in the night and appeared to be intoxicated. Police said he was interviewed and released.
Davis was uninjured.
Police said the preliminary contributing factor in this fatal collision appears to be Gonzales' presence in the roadway.
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