A Muskogee man died after he was struck by a vehicle late Thursday night, according to Muskogee police reports.

Broken Arrow resident Kimberly Reynolds has identified the man as Geoffrey Germaine Chaplin, her 41-year-old brother. 

Chaplin was struck in the eastbound lane of the 4300 block of West Broadway by a truck, which, said resident Patricia Combs, continued around the corner of North 43rd Street and disappeared. 

Reports as to the exact sequence of events are conflicted. Larry Garrett, the man who placed the 911 call, said he and another man found Chaplin lying in the road shortly before the truck rolled over him, while Reynolds said she was told Chaplin was struck while walking.

Garrett said he was driving home when he saw Chaplin lying in the eastbound lane and came to a stop behind Patrick Kennedy, who had also stopped.

"I was calling 911 because I didn't know what was going on with him," Garrett said. "This truck that was going east on that westbound lane just ran over the guy and kept going — he didn't slow down or hit his brakes or anything."

Kennedy, who said he had also pulled over to check on Chaplin, said he attempted to warn the other driver that Chaplin was lying in the road.

"We flashed our headlights and waved our arms trying to get this guy to stop and he didn't stop, he just kept on going," Kennedy said. "Then, when he ran over him, it dragged him a little bit. It didn't seem real, but it did happen. It shocked me — it shocked me real bad."

Reynolds, however, said neighborhood residents who witnessed the hit-and-run said Chaplin was upright and was struck from behind.

"They told me he was hit from behind while he was walking," Reynolds said. "They said it dragged him up the street when it hit him."

Hamlin said the department's investigation of the incident was ongoing.

"We won't know whether or not he was standing or lying down until the Medical Examiner's office completes their autopsy of his injuries," Hamlin said. 

Reynolds remembered her brother as a friendly, outgoing man.

"He knew pretty much everybody in Muskogee," Reynolds said. "He lived just down the street here. He never met a stranger."

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