Pedestrian struck, killed on Florida Blvd. identified

Pedestrian struck, killed on Florida Blvd. near Greyhound bus station
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to emergency officials, a pedestrian was struck in the 1300 block of Florida Blvd. near a Greyhound bus station close to N 13th St. on Saturday, October 15 around 7:20 p.m.

Officials say John Lands, 60, was dead upon the arrival of emergency crews. Lands was attempting to cross Florida Blvd. when he was struck by a vehicle.

A witness to the incident recounted what happened and her efforts to save the man.

"Having a normal work day and suddenly everyone starts running in and out of the store, calling an ambulance, somebody just got hit. Because I'm CPR certified, I ran out to see if I could help in any way. I checked his pulse. First I called 911 and then his pulse. It was a slight pulse, but not much of anything. We couldn't move his body because he couldn't be moved. He comes in the store, he lives in this area and he's one of our customers," said Megan Woods, a witness and employee of a nearby gas station. "He was a nice guy, he never caused any problems. A real Cajun guy, he was real Cajun, his roots, he was really deep into his roots. At first I couldn't even recognize him. I didn't know who he was lying there. I just knew, let me do as much as I can to help, do what I know."

According to Captain L'Jean McKneely of the Baton Rouge Police Department, the man walked into oncoming traffic and was struck. There are currently no charges believed to be filed against the driver.

"I'm very emotional. I feel like crying right now. I've cried at least three times already. It's just not something you want to see. I never thought I would be hands on with my training trying to save somebody's life. It was just weird. When I got to him and saw him, I thought he looked lifeless," said Woods.

Officials say the incident was not a hit and run because the driver stopped after striking Lands. The driver of the vehicle was not ticketed.

The investigation is ongoing.

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