Police are investigating the death of a 26-year-old pedestrian who was hit and killed by a car on East Lake Shore Drive late Tuesday night, Waco police Officer Garen Bynum said Wednesday. 

Officers were called around 8:50 p.m. to the 1100 block of East Lake Shore Drive, where an eastbound 2015 Chevrolet Cruze had hit a man walking on the side of the road, Bynum said. The pedestrian, later identified as Benjamin Arning, of Waco, was walking on the shoulder or near the side of the white line on the shoulder when he was hit by the car.

The driver of the Chevrolet stopped after the collision and is cooperating with police, Bynum said.

After the collision, a driver stopped and tried to help Arning, who was lying in the roadway, Bynum said. The witness' car was struck by another oncoming car, police reported.

Emergency responders took Arning to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Bynum said.

It was not immediately clear where Arning was headed or where he was coming from, Bynum said. The crash remains under investigation, but preliminary reports stated that criminal charges were unlikely.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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