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KPD: Pedestrian hit and killed on I-75 North Thursday evening

The Knoxville Police Department said the man was hit and killed just south of Merchant Drive on I-75 North.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knoxville Police Department said at least one vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 75 North Thursday evening just south of Merchant Drive. On Feb. 1, they identified him as 34-year-old Roland Richardson, from Fairborn, Ohio.

The crash closed the northbound lanes of the interstate Thursday night. First responders pronounced a man dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation. On Friday, KPD said a witness reported seeing a man lying in the roadway. Shortly after that, KPD said a vehicle hit the man and the driver stayed at the scene.

KPD said it believes another unknown vehicle hit the man before the witness reported him lying in the road, but said that hasn't been confirmed yet.

Police said the man has not been positively identified yet, saying he didn't have identification on him. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for further examination.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is asked to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165.

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