Pedestrian struck by van, killed in Rivergate

Pedestrian struck by van, killed in Rivergate (Image 1)

A pedestrian was killed after he was struck by a van Tuesday morning in front of the Rivergate Mall in Madison.

The accident happened around 6:20 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Gallatin Pike at Shepherd Hills Drive.

Metro police Sgt. Bob Sheffield said the man, who has been identified as Christian Andrew Owens, got off an MTA bus with a female co-worker.  The pair was crossing the street and planned to walk to nearby Conference Drive to sell The Contributor newspaper.

The woman made it across the street and was not injured.

The formerly homeless 36-year-old man was hit by a van and rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was pronounced dead.

Sgt. Sheffield said the 55-year-old driver of the van, Todd Duncan, was traveling close to or at the speed limit of 45 miles-per-hour.

He explained, “[The driver] did not see the pedestrian, struck the pedestrian, subsequently the pedestrian was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”

The preliminary investigation indicates Duncan was not at fault although the investigation is ongoing.

“You've got the bus stops on one side of the road,” Sgt. Sheffield continued.  “Folks need to get to the other side of the road. There's no real way for them to get over there.  Even if they go to the next intersection, there's no pedestrian walk sign.”

The Contributor newspaper is sold by Nashville's homeless and formerly homeless on street corners throughout the city.

Police said alcohol and drugs were not a contributing factor to the accident.

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