UPDATE 7:50 a.m.: Stephanie Taylor, a spokesperson for TPD, confirmed that officers have made contact with the driver, who initially fled the scene. This story initially called the accident a hit and run, but officials have updated media that the driver is now being cooperative with officers.

A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning on Highway 69 South, officials have confirmed.

Tuscaloosa Police Department first received a call at 4:59 a.m. that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle along Highway 69.

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The 911 caller reported that the person struck was killed. The suspect vehicle left the scene, and the driver abandoned the car soon after.

Police are not considering this accident to be a hit-and-run. The driver is being cooperative with officers.

This area of Highway 69 is being closed down until police conclude their investigation. Officers are currently working to positively identify the victim and notify his family. TPD's Accident Reconstruction Unit is conducting the investigation.

The northbound lanes remain open, while southbound traffic is being rerouted.

This is a developing story. Stay connected with The Tuscaloosa Thread as more information becomes available.

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