LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities have identified the man who died after being hit by an SUV while crossing Dixie Highway early Wednesday morning. 

According to Jefferson County deputy coroner Michael E. Haag, the victim, 22-year-old James Paredes, died from multiple blunt force trauma. Haag says Paredes resided in the 2500 block of Martin Avenue. 

Witnesses told Shively police that Paredes darted into traffic on Dixie Highway between Gagel Avenue and Rockford Lane just before he was hit by an SUV around 6 a.m. on Oct. 11.

That stretch of road doesn't have crosswalks.

Shively police spokesman Lt. Col. Josh Myers says the driver of the SUV stopped immediately. Myers says the driver couldn't see Paredes because he was wearing dark clothing and it was dark. 

"It was dark at the time of the impact and you know, lighting is what it is along Dixie Highway," Myers said. 

One witness told WDRB that jaywalking is a problem in the area. 


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