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No charges filed yet against Abilene garbage truck driver who ran over Coleman man

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 12:57:37 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 13 2013 05:16:39 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

City of Abilene officials said no charges have been filed -- at this time -- against the driver of the garbage truck that backed over a 57-year-old Coleman man who later died Thursday.

On Friday, officials said the driver was tested for drugs and alcohol and that both results were negative.

The city said the garbage truck did have a backup camera and a backup warning indicator and that both were working at the time of the accident.

The city of Abilene and the Abilene Police Department are actively investigating this accident.

The previous story:

A city of Abilene garbage truck ran over and killed a 57-year-old man near a business in the 3500 block of East Highway 80 on Thursday morning, police and city officials have confirmed.

Max D. Mitchell, of Coleman, was struck by the truck at MCG Drilling-Completing LLC about 10:40 a.m. Thursday. Next of kin have been notified.

According to police, Mitchell was hit when the refuse truck was backing up on the company’s property.  

"Our hearts are heavy here at the city of Abilene with news of this tragic accident," City Manager Larry Gilley said in a news release. "We offer our thoughts and prayers to all of those involved. The investigation into this accident is ongoing and we will provide additional information as it becomes available."

Authorities said they believe Mitchell worked at the drilling company, but that hasn't been confirmed.

The Stevens Funeral Home in Coleman is in charge of arrangements for Mitchell.