By: Lanetra Bennett
April 8, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Lillie Harvey Johnson says last Thursday morning, her son-in-law told her he saw on the news a man was struck and killed by cars.
She says, "I said, oh, my gosh. I just hope for the best for the family. Humph, here I am talking about my own family."
The man killed was her ex-husband, 52-year-old Dwayne Johnson.
She says they divorced a few months ago. "Everybody loved him. I loved him, too, as a person, as a human being and as my husband."
Leon County Sheriff's deputies say Johnson was walking in the roadway on Capital Circle Southwest just south of Blountstown Highway around 5:30 in the morning.
Deputies say a car going northbound hit him, then at least two more vehicles in the southbound lane struck him.
Johnson was blind.
"It's hard. It's just hard. I'm just trying to hold on." Harvey-Johnson says.
Someone who says they used to assist Dwayne Johnson says rarely walked too far from his apartment complex on Appleyard Drive. They say that's why it's baffling as to how and why Johnson was miles away on Capital Circle Southwest.
John Roberts says he always noticed Johnson on Appleyard Drive with his walking stick.
Roberts says, "I would see him walk every day. He looked like a very good man. He tend to his business and he looked like he just loved life. I can't believe that that happened. I feel so sorry."
Some say they would see Johnson with also walking with a guitar, which is something his ex-wife says he loved.
She says, He was a good people person. He loved guitars, he loved music, he loved people. He had a lot of friends.
Johnson's ex-wife says she doesn't know why he was on Capital Circle at that hour. She says he may have been hanging out with friends.
b> Press Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office
At 5:30 am on April 4, 2013, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a black male walking south in the roadway of Capital Circle, 1/4 mile south of Blountstown Highway. Minutes later LCSO received reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered 52 year old Dwayne Johnson lying dead in the southbound lane of Capital Circle. Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that a gold 2005 Kia Rio, driven by 34 year old Ryan Harvey, was traveling north in the northbound lane of Capital Circle and struck Johnson, knocking him into the southbound lane of Capital Circle. Moments later, a white 2008 Ford van and a blue Toyota Highlander traveling south on Capital Circle also struck Johnson.
Preliminary results from an autopsy performed earlier today confirmed that Johnson died from multiple injuries consistent with having been struck by multiple vehicles during this incident. Evidence from the on-scene investigation, witness interviews and the autopsy also indicated Johnson was visually impaired.
No charges have been filed at this time. This investigation is ongoing.
By: Lanetra Bennett
April 4, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - A man was killed while walking in the roadway of one of Leon County's busiest streets.
Deputies say the man was hit by multiple cars.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office got a call around 5:30 Thursday morning about a man walking on Capital Circle Southwest.
Two minutes later, they say another call came in to report that the man had been hit. He died at the scene.
Deputies say the man was walking southbound in the northbound lane of Capital Circle Southwest.
Investigators say this gold 2005 Kia Rio was driving northbound bound when it hit the man, throwing him into the southbound lane.
Deputies say that's when the SUV and white van seen here also hit the man.
Nearby resident Salvador Lopez says, "It's really shocking to have something like this happen right where I live. It's very sad to see what happened. Being able to see it [the body] is very sad."
The man's body was lying in the southbound lane just south of Blountstown Highway when deputies arrived.
LCSO's LT James McQuaig say, "It's important for the traffic homicide unit to collect all of the physical evidence. It's also equally as important for them to be able to obtain those witness interviews--those firsthand accounts of what happened."
Traffic was blocked off in the area and backed up down Blountstown Highway and Capital Circle for hours.
No one else was injured.
Everyone involved in the accident did stop at the scene. The man's identity has not been released.
Deputies tell us at this time, they do not know where the man was going or why he was walking in the roadway.
Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County Sheriff's Office reports that all roads are now open and traffic has returned to normal.
Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Airport Officials are recommending two alternate routes because of the heavy delays: Orange Avenue and Lake Bradford, or take East Capital Circle and approach the airport from the other side.
Anyone taking a flight out of Tallahassee this morning should allow for extra time.
By: Lanetra Bennett
Tallahassee, FL - Traffic is still backed up at Capital Circle SW and Blountstown Highway. State troopers are directing traffic. The Leon County Sheriff's Office expects roads to be blocked off for at least another two hours.
By: Lanetra Bennett
Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County Sheriff's Office says it got a call at 5:30 this morning that a man was walking in the road on Capital Circle Southwest.
LCSO spokesman LT James McQuaig says two minutes later, another call came in that the man had been hit.
McQuaig says the man was walking southbound in the northbound lane. He says a gold 2005 KIA Rio hit the man, pushing him into the southbound lane. McQuaig says at least two more vehicles then hit the man. LCSO found the man's body lying in the southbound lane.
The man has not been identified.
No word yet why the man was walking in the roadway.