Friends won’t be charged in death

A man and woman won’t be charged in the death of a man who fell out of the bed of a pickup truck and died.

Dana McKie, 25, and Jeffrey Kern, 34, both of Franklin, were in the cab of Joshua Hewett’s truck when Hewett fell out on Greensburg Road south of Franklin. Hewett, 31, of Franklin, died from the impact of the fall.

Kern was driving the truck when Hewett fell, but investigators don’t believe his driving caused Hewett to fall onto the road, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said. He was charged with misdemeanor operating while intoxicated because it was his first drunken-driving offense, Cooper said. No other charges will be filed in the case because investigators believe Hewett’s injuries were self-inflicted, he said.

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