NBC affiliate, KNBC, Channel 4 in Los Angeles, reports that a man was struck and killed by a FedEx truck during a protest march over the death of George Floyd that was held in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, May 29th.
Protests over the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of a Minneapolis Police officer last week, began in St. Louis at approximately 11:30 p.m.
Investigators with the St Louis Police Department said that the company had rerouted the driver of the FedEx truck in an attempt to avoid a large gathering of protesters. While the FedEx driver was pulled over, some protestors gained access to the first trailer of his big rig and began removing parcels from inside.
According to the statement issued by Sgt. Keith Barret with the SLPD, two men brandishing guns jumped onto the footboards of the passenger side of the cab. The driver, fearing for his life, sounded his airhorn and began to drive away. Police officers eventually stopped him.
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While driving away from the protestors, the truck driver did not know that someone was caught on the converter dolly between the two FedEx trailers. A tire caught the man, then pulled him under the big rig. The driver unknowingly ran over him. Investigators believe that the victim was one of the protestors. His identity has not been released pending notification of family members.
The fatal accident is still currently under investigation by law enforcement. So far, no charges have been filed in the case.