Homeless man hit by car, killed while sitting on bench - WKRN News 2

Homeless man hit by car, killed while sitting on bench

Posted: Updated: Feb 27, 2014 05:11 PM

A homeless man is dead after he was struck by a vehicle while sitting on a bench in downtown Nashville Thursday afternoon.

It happened in the 700th block of Church Street around 1:15 p.m.

Police spokesperson Don Aaron said the 23-year-old driver of a red Toyota ran a red light and at the 7th Avenue intersection, colliding with a Honda Accord.

The Toyota jumped a curve, hitting and killing 56-year-old Philip Radican.

The driver of the Toyota, Mina Refaat Garas Wahba, was cited for driving without proof of insurance. No charges have been filed.

Michelle Lollas told News 2 she spoke with Radican just minutes before he was killed.

"Me and my man, we had just passed Phillip and he said he wanted to rest and we went up to the park," she said.

She added that Radican's untimely death highlights a larger problem with the location of many downtown benches.

"They need to come up [They are too close to the street]. It's too dangerous out here, especially on these corners," said Lollas.

No other injuries were reported in Thursday's incident. The investigation is ongoing.

In December, a 17-year-old Hume-Fogg student was killed after she was struck by a semi-truck about a block away from Thursday's accident.

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