Truck not speeding when man fell or leapt from bed

A Franklin man who died after jumping or falling from the bed of a pickup truck likely died from injuries he suffered when he hit a utility pole, police said.

Joshua Hewett received fatal chest injuries when his body slammed against a stationary object. Investigators don’t believe his injuries were caused solely by him leaving the truck and landing near the road, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said.

The coroner’s office has not yet determined the cause of Hewett’s chest wounds and won’t until after the pathologist’s report is complete. That report will show what broken bones and other internal injuries Hewett had, Lutz said.

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