Police: Panhandler hit, killed in crash with dump truck on Broadway

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An apparent panhandler has died after being hit by a dump truck Tuesday morning in downtown Nashville.

Metro police responded around 10:30 a.m. to a crash at the intersection of Broadway and 13th Avenue South.

When officers arrived, they said the pedestrian was deceased.

Police said the preliminary investigation revealed the truck was stopped at a red light, and when the light turned green, the truck driver proceeded into the intersection, turning west onto Broadway from 13th Avenue South.

The driver stated he did not see the pedestrian who was then hit by the passenger side of the truck. Police said he was not in a crosswalk at the time.

According to officers, multiple witnesses advised the pedestrian, known to frequent the area, had been panhandling in the roadway prior to the crash, holding a sign and collecting money from motorists.

A witness who was with the pedestrian told investigators that the man, known only to him as “Chuck,” was impaired at the time of the crash.

Toxicology testing will be conducted on the pedestrian to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal crash.

The medical examiner will continue efforts to identify the man, who was white and appeared to be in his 50s.

The dump truck driver was not expected to face charges, police added.

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