Homeless man struck, killed on I-24 near Shelby Ave. - WKRN News 2

Homeless man struck, killed on I-24 near Shelby Ave.

Posted: Updated: Feb 24, 2012 10:23 AM CST
Traffic was backed up on I-24 east at least to the Ellington Parkway exit, following a deadly accident. Traffic was backed up on I-24 east at least to the Ellington Parkway exit, following a deadly accident.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A homeless man was killed Thursday night after he was struck by two vehicles on Interstate 24 near the Shelby Avenue exit, east of downtown.

The accident was reported around 8 p.m. and shutdown the eastbound lanes of I-24 for about three hours.

Authorities said the victim, 48-year-old Charles Potter, was struck by two vehicles and died on the scene.

Police said it appeared Potter was trying to cross the interstate when he was hit.

"He was clipped by one vehicle, knocked to the roadway and clipped by a second. We've talked to the drivers and a witness… everything seems consistent with that version of the events right now," Metro police Capt. Gary Goodwin said.

The driver of the first vehicle, Camishhaa Adams, 40, reported that she attempted to avoid hitting Potter but her driver side mirror hit him.

Police said Potter then fell into the next lane and was struck by another driver, Paul Franklin.

Franklin, 54, was transported to Baptist Hospital with minor injuries.

There was no evidence either driver was impaired.  Police said charges were not anticipated.

Police said Potter was homeless and known by the police department to have alcohol issues.

Toxicology tests will determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role in his death.

The accident was cleared and the interstate reopened around 11 p.m.

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