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Man on bench struck, killed in downtown Nashville


Police have released the identity of a man who died Thursday afternoon after he was struck by a vehicle while sitting on a bench in downtown Nashville.

The collision happened about 1:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Church Street.

Police said the victim is 56-year-old Philip Radican, a homeless man who was known to frequent the area.

Witnesses told police the driver of a Toyota Camry ran a red light and crashed into a Honda Accord. The force of the crash caused the Camry to jump the curb and strike the bench on the sidewalk.

Radican died at the scene.

Police said the driver, 23-year-old Mina Refaat Garas Wahba, of Nashville, was cited for driving without insurance.

Any further charges are pending a review by the district attorney's office.

Radican was a friend to many people.

"Phillip tugged at your heart strings by his very nature," said friend Randall Morgan. "The one thing that pervaded every conversation was a story of some sort, so you got to see a glimpse into a life that was rich in a lot of ways that I'm sure a lot of us don't get to experience.​"

Morgan runs his architecture firm from the ground floor office overlooking the bench - Phillip's bench - which was removed Thursday evening and replaced by flowers.

It's a symbol of a man who didn't have much more than the friends left to grieve.

"We'll do some research on this particular individual. Some of the officers downtown knew him, so we'll be using what information the police department already has to see if we can find someone," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron.

"I think everyone has a story, and I think when we slow down and listen to people's story, we can really figure out who they are and who we are," Morgan said.

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