A pedestrian was killed Sunday morning around 1:50 a.m. on East Indian Trail at Indian Oaks Circle just west of Poplar Level Road. The driver admitted to dozing off and running over a curb before hitting 36 year old Derrick L. Fuller with his Dodge Charger. An unnamed witness also said the pedestrian may have been jaywalking at the intersection with no crosswalks. The offending driver left the scene after the collision and returned to his home nearby and called the police. No charges have been filed.
The area where the collision occurred has sidewalks on one side of the street only and the intersection of East Indian Trail and Indian Oaks Circle had no crosswalks. The next intersection to the west, at Jeanine Drive, had two crosswalks striped recently as they show up on Lojic maps but not Google street view.
LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley told local news that the unnamed witness also said the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing making it difficult for the (sleeping) driver to see him. This should be irrelevant and is an example of blaming the pedestrian and not the driver, who even admitted to falling asleep.
Geez. Tragically tacky response from LMPD (surely repeated in the news media).