A man was killed during a protest in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday morning. According to multiple reports, the tragic incident took place on N. Broadway and O’Fallon at approximately 3 a.m. Local authorities claim the truck was forced off Interstate 70 because of demonstrations. From there, reports claim the truck headed down N. Broadway. While on an alternate route, the driver claims he was unable to continue forward because of more demonstrations.
The FedEx truck stopped while on N. Broadway. Further reports claim people began climbing on the front and side of the truck. As time elapsed, the driver claims demonstrators pointed guns at him. Claiming that he feared for his safety, he began to drive forward.
After the driver began to move the truck forward, those around the vehicle warned that a person was underneath a tire of the truck. Crowds began to ask that he back the truck up in hopes of saving the man’s life. Ultimately, the man was removed from under the tired, but later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital
“I was standing on the side of the pavement and I started to notice a crowd go to the truck, so when I went over there, I heard people say there’s a guy trapped under the tire,” Jared Arms told KMOV 4 of St. Louis.
“With the video you can clearly see the people at the doors are only going up because they were trying to tell him somebody was stuck not to open it and try to beat him up and things like that,” Arms continued.
After learning of the incident, FedEx issued a statement regarding the matter.
“Our hearts go out to all those who are grieving the events of this week. We are deeply saddened to learn of a tragic situation involving a demonstrator in St. Louis and one of our vehicles. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family of the individual involved,” the company stated.
As of now, local authorities have not released the names of the driver nor the man who passed away. Furthermore, reports of firearms being used to threaten the driver have been refuted. No one has been charged with a crime as of yet.