NASHVILLE (WSMV) - A Florida man was killed after being run over by a van in downtown Nashville.

The incident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday in a parking lot near the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on 4th Avenue South.

Police said the tour group was loading onto the van when 26-year-old Jorge A. Hernandez tried to force his way inside. When the driver told him he could not board, Hernandez reportedly asked him if he wanted to fight. At one point, he reportedly grabbed a 60-year-old woman by the arm.

Police said Hernandez was intoxicated and was not part of the group.

When Hernandez was denied entry to the van, he allegedly got up on the running board of the Dodge Sprinter. When the van began to drive away, Hernandez fell off, and one of the rear tires ran over him.

Hernandez was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Hernandez was from Mary Esther, FL.

The Medical Examiner's Office will be conducting toxicology testing to determine if alcohol or drugs played a role in Hernandez's actions.

The driver of the van, 55-year-old Gregory Grden, told police he was unaware that Hernandez had been run over. He later returned to the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Charges are not being filed against Grden at this time, according to police.

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Kara is an Emmy Award-winning digital producer. She is a Cincinnati native and an alumna of the University of South Carolina. She previously worked at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., before moving to Nashville five years ago to work at WSMV-TV.


Bethany Reese joined News4 at a reporter in October 2018.

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