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Pedestrian accidents: Man killed by Jacksonville police

A man who was recently struck and killed by a police cruiser was initially thought to be homeless and suicidal. This conclusion, which later proved to be false, was made after the Jacksonville chief of investigations gave a witness account, suggesting that this information was true. At the time of the report, apparently no one had talked to the man's roommates to get a clearer view of the person who died in one of the town's worst pedestrian accidents

The man was said to have run out in front of a rescue vehicle, which was traveling with its siren and lights going. The driver reportedly blew the horn at the man, who darted back across the road in front of the car. When reporters asked the chief if the man had committed suicide, the chief stated that the suspicion was not being ruled out. But reports claim that the chief knew that this was not the case before the press conference even began.

In fact, the sheriff's department allegedly had video footage which showed that the person who ran out in front of the rescue vehicle was not the man who was killed by the police cruiser. Because of alleged flaws in the timeline and initial account of the events, some are starting to protest the fact that the story has not been corrected by police. Although the officer who hit the man was later cleared of charges, he was arrested the next day for allegedly beating a teenager in the back of his cruiser while the individual was handcuffed.

It is unclear at the time exactly how and why the man was struck by the Jacksonville police cruiser. When pedestrian accidents occur, it is a brutal contest between soft flesh and hard steel often resulting in catastrophic injuries or death. The victims, including the surviving families of deceased victims, in such cases have the right to consult with a personal injury attorney who can help assess the facts and pursue claims for monetary damages in appropriate circumstances.

Source: jacksonville.com, "Public never given a clearer picture of victim in fatal police crash", Ben Conarck, Aug. 5, 2017

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