Police in Forest Hill are investigating an accident that killed a pedestrian on Thursday afternoon. Witnesses report that the victim may have been running from police. He crossed a gas station parking lot then ran into traffic on Interstate 20 near 287. He was then struck by a semi-truck and killed.
Authorities from the Forest Hill Police Department said officers had been called to the scene to assist another agency in a foot pursuit. However, by the time that the backup officers had arrived at the scene, the victim had already been struck by the 18-wheeler.
The incident remains under investigation as to why the victim had running and who he was running from. The identity of the man who was killed has not yet been released.
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