Man Killed Crossing University Drive

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A man who was trying to cross one of Huntsville's busiest roadways was struck and killed Wednesday night.

Huntsville Police said the fatal accident happened just before 6:30 p.m. Investigators say Alphonso Holt, 63, was hit by a car traveling west on University Drive, just west of Pulaski Pike.  He died at the scene.

Eyewitnesses said Holt had just walked out of a Chevron gas station nearby.  Friends tell us Holt was known as "Pop".

The accident shut down traffic in both lanes of University for more than an hour.   Investigators say Holt was just east of the crosswalk when he stepped out in the front of the westbound vehicle.  Police say the driver of the car tried to swerve to avoid hitting Holt, but  was unable to miss him.  He then swerved into eastbound traffic on University Drive and hit another vehicle.  

"I think it's probably more of a pedestrian violation, is what it appears to be at this time," said Huntsville Police spokesman Lt. Randy Owens. "There's a high volume of pedestrian traffic in this area. We put crosswalks in to try and help with that situation, but unfortunately not everybody uses them."

Two people who were inside the car that hit Holt were hospitalized for minor injuries and are expected to be okay. No charges have been filed.