Man hit by truck in Hiawatha last week dies

Charles Slaughter was struck Wednesday on Center Point Road

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A man who was hit by a delivery truck in Hiawatha last week has died.

Police confirmed that Charles Slaughter, 63, of Hiawatha, died Friday evening. Family members told KCRG-TV9 Slaughter passed away after he was taken off life support.

Slaughter was struck by a straight truck around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday on Center Point Road, just north of Blairs Ferry Road. Police said Slaughter was in the street, near a driveway from a gas station, when he was hit by the northbound truck driven by Harleth Reisner, 61, of Marion. Medical personnel attempted CPR on Slaughter, who was taken to St. Luke's Hospital with serious injuries.

Hiawatha Police Chief Dennis Marks said Monday no charges have been filed in the case. He said no one but the truck driver witnessed the actual collision, and it remains a mystery how Slaughter ended up in the street.

"I don't know if we'll ever be able to determine that," Marks said.

The vehicle involved in the crash was a truck from Linn Star Transfer that is used to deliver mail between post offices. Larold Witt, safety director at the company, said Reisner told him he thought he saw Slaughter walking on the sidewalk, and the next thing he knew, Slaughter ended up in front of the truck.

Marks said Slaughter was within a few blocks of his home, but investigators don't know for sure where he was going or where he had been. Marks said they have determined Slaughter was not at the Kwik Shop or the Hy-Vee Drugstore at the busy intersection before the accident.

Marks said the case remains open pending results from an accident reconstructionist team and a final autopsy report.

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