23 pedestrians killed in Nashville, community gathers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) -- 23 people were killed walking around Nashville just last year, and a local group says that number is unacceptable.

On Saturday, the group Walk Bike Nashville took a memorial walk down Gallatin Pike to remember those people and raise awareness for the issue.

They also unveiled a petition called Impossible Crossings, asking city leaders to establish a formal pedestrian safety program and dedicate at least $1.5 million a year to address top crash locations, among several other things.

The group then took a walk down Gallatin Pike to highlight the dangers of walking in Nashville.

Elsie Osborne is a survivor.

Last September, she was hit by a car.

She says she was in the bike lane stepping onto the sidewalk when someone swerved around another car and went right into her.

“All I remember was that I flipped onto the sidewalk and I woke up in the hospital; I was in the ICU for four days,” she said.

“I don't know if people are road raging or what's going on, but people have very little patience,” said George Davis, who says he's seen a few people almost get hit by cars.

He says one day he saw people getting off the bus and cars driving between those people.

“There was one guy with a walker and people just wouldn't stop, so I put my car sideways and they still acting like they were going to hit me,” he recalled.

At the very least, the group wants to see more crosswalks, and people paying more attention when driving.

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