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4 pedestrians hit by car on Broadway

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Four people learned just how dangerous it can be to cross a street illegally, particularly in busy downtown Nashville.

Police say the pedestrians stepped into the street without looking while trying to cross Broadway between 4th and 5th avenues early Tuesday morning.

Two of them had serious injuries and were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where they are expected to be OK.

"We've talked to several witnesses who say the pedestrians walked out into traffic without looking," said Metro Police Capt. Kenneth Walburn.

Jaywalking is something police say most people don't take seriously until something bad happens.

"There's going to be those who just wander or think they can make it or want to take a shortcut, and wander across the middle of a roadway," said Metro Police Cmdr. Jason Reinbold.

Even in broad daylight, you'll see a fair share of jaywalkers. Just ask Matt McNew, a driver for Joyride Nashville.

"You have the locals who act like they own the place, and then you have tourists who just don't know where they're going," he said.

All but one of the people struck Tuesday were from out of town, and McNew says this is a trend he's seeing more and more often.

"That's not the first time this year that pedestrians have been in accidents with vehicles, and I don't know if it's just people aren't paying attention any more? I don't have a good answer for that," he said.

Officers do what they can, including shutting down streets on busy nights. But as for enforcement, that can be more difficult.

"Obviously, we've got better things to worry about than look for people jaywalking and issue them a citation. It's not a priority. But the priority is public safety," Reinbold said.

The 30-year-old driver who struck the pedestrians Tuesday did stop and showed no signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He was cited for not having proof of insurance.

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