A Nashville, Tennessee, WeGo public transit bus hit and killed a pedestrian in the Gulch neighborhood Oct. 10, the Tennessean reported. The incident occurred just before 8:30 a.m. on the 600 block of Eighth Avenue S. The victim, 54-year-old Michael Owens, was walking northbound on the sidewalk as the bus headed in the same direction on the street next to him, Metro Nashville police spokesperson Don Aaron said. At some point when the bus was passing, Owens stumbled onto the roadway and was run over by the bus’ back wheel.![Nashville Man Killed by City Bus]
Aaron reported that the driver of the bus, a 50-year-old man, did not appear to be intoxicated during the time of the incident but that toxicology tests would be administered per company procedure, News Channel 5 reported. Police will also be producing a toxicology report for Owens. He was known locally as a member of the homeless community.
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