NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A pedestrian has died after being hit by a vehicle while walking in downtown Nashville early Thursday morning.

Police say 51-year-old Rogers Freels of Nashville was walking in the intersection of Demonbreun Street near the Interstate 40 overpass at 13th Avenue South just after 4:30 a.m. when he was hit by a Dodge Charger.

The 37-year-old driver, who stayed at the scene following the crash, told police he did not see Freels as he was turning left onto the I-40 entrance ramp. After examining evidence at the scene, police determined Freels was not in a crosswalk and was within the intersection at the time of the crash.

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Freels was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Metro police initially reported Freels had died from his injuries around 5:30 a.m., but later said he was in critical condition.

Demonbreun Street was closed in the immediate area while crash investigators processed the scene.

No additional information was immediately released.

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