Pedestrian killed by truck on Union Avenue

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A pedestrian was pronounced dead after a crash Monday morning at Union and Cleveland.

Witnesses said the victim was hit by a truck driving westbound on Union, police said. The truck driver then fled the scene.

Memphis Police said Monday evening that no charges would be filed, saying the victim stepped off the curb into traffic.

According to witnesses, the victim was a homeless man who frequented businesses in the area.

Witnesses at multiple businesses tell us the large truck was a garbage truck.

It’s unclear whether or not the pedestrian was in a crosswalk at the time of the accident, but witnesses are disturbed by what they saw.

“The garbage truck guy ended up hitting him and knocked him all the way over to the other side,” a witness said. “There wasn’t no reason to just hit him and keep going. If you were real considerate, you could have at least stopped.” 

The City of Memphis says the truck involved is not a city truck.

If you know anything about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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