Pedestrian dies after being hit by multiple vehicles in Hermitage

The person was struck by three vehicles on Lebanon Pike, just south of Old Hickory Boulevard, on Wednesday morning.
Published: Dec. 14, 2022 at 8:33 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 6:55 AM CST
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HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A man was struck and killed at a busy intersection in Hermitage Wednesday morning.

One shop owner is sharing his perspective after making the call to 911.

It was a typical morning for one donut shop owner, Yeu Thach, until a customer approached him panicking.

“The customer comes in and says, ‘Hey there is someone out there that got hit by a vehicle and he is laying in the street.’ I came out of the kitchen and rushed out front,” Thach said.

According to Metro Police, 43-year-old Derick N. Johnson was struck and killed at the intersection of Lebanon Park and Bonnabrook Drive.

“I called 911 on the phone and they said what happened. I said someone is out laying on the street over here. I don’t know. He may have gotten hit by a car. Then I checked the pulse and there was no pulse,” Thach said.

Police said Johnson was crossing the street when he was clipped by a Honda CRV. After being knocked to the ground, he was then struck by two other vehicles.

All three drivers stayed on the scene and officers said there were no signs of impairment.

Metro Police also said there were no crosswalks at the intersection, and it was dark at the time of the collision.

“This road right here, people fly right through,” Thach said. “This morning it was dark, and people still fly right through every morning.”

Thach said Johnson was a frequent customer that often stopped by to charge his phone.

“It is sad, especially this time of year. I don’t know if he had family or not,” Thach said.