Man sleeping on side of road in Desoto County hit by car; driver thought he hit a large limb

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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com)  The Desoto County Sheriff’s Department says a man is recovering after he was hit by a vehicle while sleeping along the side of a road.

It happened about 7:00 a.m. Tuesday near Church Road and the Bonne Terre subdivision. The man told investigators he had been living in the wooded area near an old construction road for the past few days. He said he had been struck by a vehicle as he slept.

Deputies say the road where the man slept was built during the initial construction of the subdivision, and is narrow and overgrown. They say residents sometimes use it as a shortcut to Church Road.

Deputies say a resident who heard about what happened returned to the scene and said he thought he had struck a bag of leaves and a large limb that morning, but didn’t realize it could have been a person.

Investigators believe that driver was most likely the one who hit the sleeping man, and say evidence appears this was just an accident. They have not said if charges would be filed.

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