Jefferson Avenue was closed for several hours downtown Grand Rapids early Thursday morning while police investigated.

According to WZZM-13, a man was hit and killed by a taxi cab after attempting to rob the driver. 

Police say a Calder City Taxi driver was dropping off a passenger, 45-year-old Timothy Coleman, at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Fulton street around 2a.m.

When the Coleman exited the car, he attempted to rob the driver, threatening him with a hammer.

Coleman was hit and killed when the driver of the cab attempted to flee.

As part of the investigation, the cab driver was questioned.