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Police name pedestrian killed in Thompson Bridge Road crash
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Gainesville Police work the scene of a fatal incident involving a pedestrian on the north side of the Thompson Bridge on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. - photo by Shannon Casas

Updated at 6:41 p.m. on Oct. 25:

Gainesville police have identified the 25-year-old Oakwood resident they say died when he stepped into the path of a vehicle on Thompson Bridge Road on Friday. 

According to police, David Tisdell walked in front of an oncoming commercial vehicle for “unknown reasons.” Charges are not being filed against the driver, said Sgt. Kevin Holbrook, a spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department. 

“By all accounts, it appears the pedestrian stepped in the travel lane, thus causing the truck no other option but to hit him,” Holbrook told The Times.

At about 4 p.m. Friday, several police officers were on scene, some directing traffic, others investigating using a drone and marking locations on the pavement with spray paint.  

Northbound traffic at the time snaked past the scene onto southbound lanes just north of Thompson Bridge and near the Gainesville First United Methodist Church, with traffic backed up in both directions.  

The road had reopened by at least 5:45 p.m. 

This incident was the first of two weekend pedestrian deaths. The other, which also occurred in Gainesville, was on Athens Street near Athens Highway.

Editor Shannon Casas and reporter Nathan Berg contributed to this report.

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