A tow truck driver loads a van when firemen clean up the site of a fatal accident in which a male pedestrian was struck by at least two vehicles and dragged about four miles from East Asheville to College Street downtown. / Bill Sandersfirstname.lastname@example.org
Asheville, NC - Asheville police are investigating a fatal accident in which a male pedestrian was struck by three vehicles and dragged about four miles from East Asheville to the outskirts of downtown.
The victim was identified this morning as Dean Floyd Bush. His address was listed as a homeless shelter on North Ann Street in Asheville.
The gruesome accident was reported about 7 p.m. Monday, police said, and started on Tunnel Road near the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance.
The driver who initially hit the pedestrian pulled over to the side of the road. Then, police say, two other vehicles hit the victim. The pedestrian became lodged underneath the third vehicle, a minivan, and was dragged for about four miles.
"She thought she had a flat tire," said Officer Ann Fowler, of the Traffic Safety Unit. "She did not know that she hit a person in the roadway."
The driver of the minivan pulled into the parking lot of Executive Park, the business offices near Charlotte and College streets.
Police officers, including a forensic unit, were at Executive Park for more than three and a half hours after the accident was reported.
Fowler said weather likely was a factor in the accident.
"I'm sure it was," she said. "Because of the rain, it's hard to see."
The area where the accident happened was not well-lit when a reporter drove by Monday night. The speed limit is 45 mph.
Fowler said police will consult with the District Attorney's Office regarding any charges.
Additional details about the investigation were not available.
"In the years that I've been here at APD, this is the first time we've had such a large ... crime scene," Fowler said.
Written By: Romando Dixson, Asheville Citizen-Times