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Investigators with the Metro Nashville Police Department are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck a bicyclist in the Priest Lake area of Nashville early Monday, and they’re asking the public for tips or information.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the incident occurred at around 2 a.m. on Smith Springs Road near Ned Shelton Road. The driver left the scene without stopping his or her vehicle, and the bicyclist was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to receive treatment for life-threatening injuries.

Investigators with the MNPD closed Smith Springs Road as they investigated the crash. Drivers who passed through the area were rerouted to Nashboro Boulevard to avoid the closure.

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8th Avenue South is one of the busiest streets in the city with congestion occurring at all hours of the day, and city planners want to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists by installing bike lanes.

Per a report by WKRN.com, Berry Hill is working on adding a center lane and two bike lanes for a stretch of the road near the location where it turns into Franklin, and the Metro Planning Department may follow suit by adding the same amenities between Wedgewood Avenue and the roundabout on South Broadway.

The road currently features four lanes of traffic that can get backed up during rush hour. Making the road more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists could help reduce the congestion.

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Hit-and-Run Accident Causes Bicyclist to Suffer Serious Injuries

A 53-year-old man who was riding a bicycle on Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville early Wednesday was struck by a vehicle and suffered serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck the man then sped away from the accident scene, and police are still looking for him or her.

According to a report by WSMV.com, the accident occurred at around 5 a.m. in the Lakewood area of Nashville. After the accident occurred, emergency responders arrived at the scene and quickly transported the bicyclist to Skyline Medical Center to receive treatment, and he was most recently listed in serious condition.

Officers with Metro Nashville Police are still working to determine the identity of the driver that struck the bicyclist, but they say that no witnesses have come forward with information. Police also say that the bicyclist was wearing a reflective vest when he was struck by the vehicle.

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Number of Pedestrians and Bicyclists Killed in TN Concerning to Officials

A total of 120 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed on streets in Tennessee in 2015—a number that the chairwoman for Metro Nashville’s Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee calls outrageous.

According to a report by wkrn.com, the chairwoman told reporters that the problem is exacerbated due to areas where pedestrians and bcicylists are forced to walk or bike long distances to reach crosswalks where they can cross streets safely.

Tennessee Sees Increase in Pedestrian and Bicyclist Deaths in 2015

Pedestrians and bicyclists have always been at high risk on roadways throughout Tennessee, and the number of people who were killed while traveling on foot or on a bicycle increased in the state in 2015.

A report by wkrn.com and the Associated Press says that the number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities was higher in 2015 than any year in the past two decades. A report by WPLN shows that 120 pedestrians and bicyclists combined were killed in Tennessee as of Dec. 29, 2015, compared to 93 deaths in 2014.

Clarksville Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Striking Bicyclist

Last fall, a 53-year-old Clarksville woman struck a bicyclist with her vehicle, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. As a result of the accident, the woman was recently sentenced to five years in prison on charges of vehicular homicide.

A staff report by wkrn.com states that the accident occurred in September of last year. The man was riding his bicycle on Tiny Town Road in Clarksville around midnight when the woman struck him with her vehicle. When stopped by police, the woman initially denied driving the vehicle that was involved in the accident.

3 Accidents in Cookeville on Monday Lead to Multiple Serious Injuries

Three separate accidents in Cookeville, Tennessee, on Monday caused two people to suffer injuries serious enough that they required airlifts to local hospitals.

According to a report by the Herald-Citizen, the first accident involved a motorcycle and happened around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Rocky Point and Jim Smith roads in Putnam County. A Cookeville deputy stated that the motorcycle wrecked when the male driver overcorrected and hit loose gravel.

Earlier this month in Culleoka, a local dentist was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike. According to a report by one local news source, the dentist was riding his bicycle on Station Road at around 6:22 in the morning when the fatal bicycle accident occurred.

bicycle-handle-1443111-mEvidently, the vehicle was traveling around a corner when it crashed into the dentist riding his bike. Emergency responders pronounced the dentist dead at the scene of the accident. It is unclear whether the dentist was wearing a helmet. Reports indicate that another rider was with the dentist at the time of the accident, but he was not hit by the vehicle and was not injured.

This marks the fifth fatal bicycle accident this year on Tennessee roads. Last year, there were a total of eight fatal accidents. Unless the unanticipated happens, this year we are on track to have fewer fatal bicycle accidents.

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