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Man On Bench Struck, Killed In Downtown Nashville

Man On Bench Struck, Killed In Downtown Nashville

CREATED Feb 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was killed when a car jumped the curb and struck the bench he was sitting on in downtown Nashville on Thursday afternoon.

It happened just before 1:20 p.m. on Church Street near 7th Avenue North.

Officials with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said a driver in a Honda Accord was turning onto Church Street when the car was struck by a driver in a Toyota Camry who allegedly ran a red light.

Police said the impact of the collision forced the Camry onto the sidewalk where it struck 56-year-old Philip Radican, who was sitting on a bench.

Radican died at the scene. 

Police said he was homeless and was known to frequent the area of 7th Avenue North & Church Street.

"Officers that work downtown in the Central Precinct get to know these individuals because they talk to them quite a bit," said Metro Police spokesperson Don Aaron.

One sergeant recalled enjoying a talk with Radican while driving him to a convenience market during this year's cold snap to get coffee.

Police identified the driver of the Camry as 23-year-old Mina Refaat Garas Wahba, of South Nashville. He was cited for driving without proof of insurance. 

No charges in Radican's death were immediately filed, but police said the District Attorney's Office would review their crash investigation to determine if charges would be placed.  The Camry was impounded by the police department.

The crash happened only one block from where Hume-Fogg student 17-year-old Elena Zamora was struck and killed in December.