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Thursday, January 27, 2022
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A 23-year-old Gainesville man died after a car ran him over and dragged him several feet at The Ridge at Gainesville apartments Saturday, Gainesville Police said.

At about 11:55 p.m., Malik T. Davis stumbled as he walked in between two parked cars in the complex’s parking lot, located at 3718 SW 24th Ave., and fell onto the ground, GPD spokesperson Officer Ben Tobias wrote in an email.

Garrett Coker, a 19-year-old Santa Fe College engineering freshman, then drove over Davis, dragging him and trapping him underneath his car.

Bystanders tried to free Davis before responding officers arrived, Tobias said. Gainesville Fire Rescue personnel and GPD officers then lifted the vehicle and pulled him out.

GFR personnel attempted to treat Davis, who was then taken to UF Health Shands Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Tobias said a traffic homicide investigation is still ongoing.

Coker was not arrested, according to the Alachua County Jail.

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