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Kris Hansen

Kris's Story

 

DOD: July 21, 2017

Kris Hansen, a 66-year-old male pedestrian, was hit and killed by a vehicle on Nolensville Pike on July 21, 2017.  The wreck happened near Welshwood Drive just before 10 p.m. on a Friday.

An investigation revealed the driver of a 2001 Nissan Sentra, identified as 26-year-old Jonathan M. Leaidicker, of College Grove, struck Hansen who had been standing partially in the middle turn lane and one lane of travel.  According to Leaidicker, he hit his brakes when he saw Hansen and swerved slightly; however, he added he was unable to avoid hitting Hansen due to the traffic around him. 

From the Channel 5 news report, 'Officials said it’s believed Hansen had been walking from the westbound side of Nolensville Pike to the eastbound side. Reports stated Hanson was possibly going to board an MTA bus that was at the bus stop.   Authorities confirmed there was no sign of impairment on the part of Leaidicker.  No charges have been anticipated; however, he was cited because his insurance lapsed earlier in 2017.  In the hours after the crash, dozens of pedestrians could be seen crossing the road outside of the crosswalk to access two bus stops, including the stop Hansen was walking toward. Many pointed out the lack of crosswalks near the stops.  "There isn't a good way to get across,"" said Marie Walters, who lives nearby. ""You just have to take a chance when there's no traffic and hurry across the street. I've had several close calls'.

 

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How he Was Lost

Kris Hansen, a 66-year-old male pedestrian, was hit and killed by a vehicle on Nolensville Pike on July 21, 2017.  He appeared to be crossing the street to catch the bus. There was no crosswalk available.


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