Pedestrian Struck And Killed On Hwy 29

June 9, 2011

A McDavid man died when he was struck by two semi-trucks hauling logs early this morning on Highway 29 in Bluff Springs.

Dustin Blake McFadden Smith, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene by Escambia County EMS.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Smith was standing in the outside southbound lane of Highway 29 just south of Byrneville Road at 2:35 a.m. when he was hit by a semi driven  by Russell A. Joseph, 49, of Repton, Ala.  Smith came to rest in the roadway, where he was struck again by another semi driven by Ashley Wayne Hawkins, 42, of Dozier, Ala. The FHP said Hawkins was unable to see Smith in the roadway due to poor lighting conditions.

Both trucks stopped a short distance beyond the accident site. One of the log truck drivers called 911 to and stated that they believed they had struck a pedestrian.  First responders found Smith  lying in the southbound lanes of Highway 29.

The Florida Highway Patrol said it appeared Smith may have been involved in a single vehicle crash prior to being struck by the log truck. Smith’s vehicle was located at the edge of a wooded area, well off the roadway. Smith’s car was not hit by either log truck.

Charges are pending the results of a traffic homicide investigation, according to the FHP.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Century Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS also responded to the crash.

Southbound Highway 29 remained closed until about 6 a.m.

Pictured above: A McDavid man was struck and killed by two log trucks on Highway 29 in Bluff Springs about 2:35 Thursday morning. Pictured inset: The victim’s car was at the edge of a wooded area, perhaps involved in an unrelated single vehicle crash prior to his death. Pictured below: The victim was first hit by the white log truck pictured, then by a second yellow log truck pictured at the bottom of the page . exclusive photos, click to enlarge.


66 Responses to “Pedestrian Struck And Killed On Hwy 29”

  1. Gregory Pardue on June 9th, 2015 2:11 am

    Hey bro!!! It’s hard to believe in in 24 mins, it will be 4 years that God took you home!!!
    You will always be my best friend, and club buddy!!!! We miss you and love you Dustin!!!!

  2. james gray on March 5th, 2013 7:03 pm

    I knew you once .I can’t believe I found out like this .I hope your in a better place sleep well my old friend

  3. gregory pardue on May 26th, 2012 9:42 am

    Dustin, OMG it has almost been a year since you left us. You are missed by so many ppl down here on earth. It hasnt been the same without. You are still a great father, and a great friend!!! We love you Dustin!!!!

  4. greg pardue on August 12th, 2011 1:02 am

    Dude u will be missed!!! U were alot of fun to be with….u were the highlight of the party…u could put a smile on anybodys face….R.I.P. DUSTIN!!!

  5. shaun on July 14th, 2011 3:41 pm

    You will be missed anytime anybody needed anything or anybody to talk to you were the one to call. Now, I just dont know how somebody as good hearted as you was takin from us, You will be missed. We all miss you buddy.

  6. Kiri Montgomery on June 12th, 2011 9:12 pm

    knew him when i was 15 now 19 great person to hang with had alot of fun i know he will be missed but not forgotten

  7. heart.broken on June 12th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Dustin, what can I say. I miss you so much every day that I can’t even put it into words. My biggest regret is not seeing you before this happened, not getting to tell you how great of a guy you were, how great of a friend you were, or how great of a dad you were. Kayla will take amazing care of Kayden, she’s strong, you know that as well as I do. I know she’s hurting bad right now, we all are, but none as much so as her. There will never be another man to replace you in your sons life. He loves you so much, and he will always remember you. We’ll tell him all about you everytime we get a chance. And tell him how he looks just like you. Your in a better place now, you finally found some peace. Its going to take everyone a while to bounce back from this tragic accident, but remember cuz, we love you. We will always love you. I can’t even hear good memories of you without crying, rather its tears of sorrow for how much were all going to miss you or tears of joy at the memories of how amazing you were. <3

  8. a friend on June 11th, 2011 3:21 pm

    Hadn’t known dustin long but considered him a good friend. Very sorry to hear about this. My thoughts and sympathy go out to his family, especially kayden. R.I.P. bro.

  9. Tony and Jen on June 11th, 2011 6:45 am

    We are so sorry to hear this. We have known the Smith family for a long time, and we are heart broken for them. what a horrible thing that has happened. Kayla Me Tony the boys and Jasmine Love you and baby Kayden and know the hard time your going through .This is just terrible. We are praying for you and the Smith family And sending our love to you guys from far away. Kayla stay strong for Kayden. So sorry time got cut short for you guys he was so young. We are here for you. Kayla and Kayden we are here for you love you guys. And please everyone pray for the smith family, Kayla and baby Kayden.
    Tony, Jen, Hunter, Joshua, and Jasmine

  10. Another Logger's Daughter on June 11th, 2011 2:51 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved. This is a tragic accident. I know at night on some of the country roads it’s hard to see things on the side of the road, i.e. the deer that darts across the road in front of you from out of nowhere. Maybe that will help the poster with questions about roadway lighting. As a another logger’s daughter, please remember that eighteen wheelers can’t stop on a dime. My father laid his over thru no fault of his own a few years back. One of the worst calls you can get. All of the families touched by this incidence are suffering and need our prayers.

  11. nikki on June 10th, 2011 11:14 pm

    I love ya dustin…been cryin allday…i just cant believe this! i will remember ur beautiful smile ALWAYS!!

  12. it's me on June 10th, 2011 10:03 pm

    Kayla , I know your strong personally . Me Jen and the kiids heart go out to you. call me me for what ever I”ll try to help any way possible. Call me please tell Kaden we love him and you. Sorry for your lost. stay strong love you.

  13. HOLLYWOOD on June 10th, 2011 9:59 pm


  14. Lastarya Browning (Ur God Sister) on June 10th, 2011 4:34 pm

    I miss u so so so bro we did alot of things 2getha n wheneva I got dat phone yesterday morning n I heard da bad news I couldn’t n didnt want 2 believe it we was just 2getha n wneneva u told me dat u LOVED (June 3,2011)me n I was ur BIG SISTA I stored dat in my heart instantly. We had so much FUN almost everyday of da week. I LOVE U SO SO MUCH BROTHER N U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART.

  15. David Huie Green on June 10th, 2011 3:06 pm

    thanks, dj

  16. dj on June 10th, 2011 1:22 pm

    The arrangements will be:

    Visitation will from 6-9pm on Sat at Flomaton funeral home

    Service will be at 2pm on Sun at Flomaton funeral home

    Burial will be following the service at Rays Chapel Baptist Church in McDavid, Fl

  17. Tammie Brown on June 10th, 2011 1:07 pm

    Hey everyone. I would just like to say thanks for all y’all’s prayers. They mean alot to us and we really need them right now. I just wanted to let everyone know that the arrangements have been made. The wake will be held tomorrow, it wil be held at flomaton funeral home from six to nine. They funeral will be on sunday, it will be held again at flomaton funeral home at two o’clock.

  18. Heather W on June 10th, 2011 1:03 pm

    dustin, i love you. and my thoughts and prayers go out to all your family and friends. you will be missed dearly. i know you will be looking down on us daily. you will always be a part of my life.

  19. YEs on June 10th, 2011 12:42 pm

    BentStraight – Yes, it is normal.

  20. BentStraight on June 10th, 2011 11:44 am

    I wasn’t aware that logging trucks and logging operations went on at 2:35 AM, is that normal?

  21. aaa on June 10th, 2011 8:27 am

    carrie,dell,austin,and tanner im sooooo sorry for your loss i know how it feels!!!may god bless you all in everyway there is!!!im praying for kayden and yall!

  22. MGO on June 10th, 2011 6:57 am

    Does anyone know when and where Dustins services will be held?

  23. Heartbroken on June 10th, 2011 2:38 am

    Prayers to the Smith Family and Friends and to Carrie and her family and friends. Prayers to the drivers as well. May God bless you all !

    Take time to go to the memorial page of Dustin to light a candle for him and his loved ones.

  24. Chris on June 10th, 2011 12:51 am

    To Joe: Hwy 29 in that area is very dangerous driving at night, esp in a semi. I’ve drove it probably 4,000 times at night in a truck.. The road isn’t lit very well and the curves don’t help much either.. I’m only 27 and have been driving a semi for 9 years.. I’ve seen some very rough things during those years… some things preventable and some that really aren’t…

    I really feel and pray for the families.. the young man taken away many years too soon.. and the two men that will have that event as a bad nightmare.. Passing judgement in times like these when it is so easy to do really isn’t the best.. Hoping that all the friends and family that know these people keep them in their hearts and be there for them..

  25. A logger's daughter on June 9th, 2011 11:38 pm

    First, and most importantly, let me say that my thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith family. From the comments I have seen posted on here, Dustin was a wonderful young man and will be greatly missed. But as the daughter of a former logging company owner(who also drove his own trucks) my heart also goes out to the two men who were driving the trucks. My father was in an accident with his truck loaded once and people were injured and it was very hard on him. So, please, while you are praying, include these men and their families also. Thanks you.

  26. joe on June 9th, 2011 11:18 pm

    legal things are a strange beast. not sure anyone really understands, seems like there are laws that catch all the left over things that might be wrong, if done at the wrong time or wrong place or with too much stuff……..

    reality is the world lost a young man, and there is a family and friends and 2 truck drivers and their families hurting real bad now. i hope this man knew the lord and was welcomed into heaven with everlasting life. I pray for all involved. This is very sad.

  27. joe on June 9th, 2011 11:14 pm

    can someone please tell me what this means “Hawkins was unable to see Smith in the roadway due to poor lighting conditions.”

    does this just mean it was dark?
    does it mean there was a headlight out?

    It sounds like it could mean alot of things
    and most important, what ever it is,
    is it a crime?

  28. Cookie on June 9th, 2011 9:42 pm


  29. runner on June 9th, 2011 8:32 pm

    This is truly a very sad day for the family and friends of this young man, my prayers go out to each of them, god needed another angel and he got a very special one, again I’m truly sorry for the lost of your loved one.

  30. Brenda on June 9th, 2011 8:10 pm

    Dustin…I was there the day he was born.A sweet little boy with a beautiful smile.I have many great memories with him.Carrie,I love you and my prayers are with all of you.

  31. Carrie Bryan on June 9th, 2011 8:03 pm

    Darrin and Carrie – I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. Kimmie on June 9th, 2011 7:46 pm

    I am still in shock my heart dropped this morning.Dustin I love you and is praying for your family!!!Love You Boo

  33. 2k13 on June 9th, 2011 7:20 pm

    Dustin you were a sweet guy, we’ll miss you & don’t worry… We know your watching over us && especially your baby boy Kayden… That little boy is our reminder of you, he’s your spitting image, we’ll tell him all about you when he’s old enough :/ You’ll always be apart of his life in the memorys we will share with him, Dusty RIP && fly high.

  34. ACH LAB DEPT. on June 9th, 2011 7:05 pm


  35. Terry Lynn Wade on June 9th, 2011 5:53 pm

    Many prayers go out to my Uncle Bill, Aunt Faye, Darren Smith and the rest of Dustins family. This was such a tragic lost to so many people. I will be sending a lot of prayers and love for my family. I am so sorry I can’t be there with you at this tragic time. I will be with you all in spirit. Love to all of you. Lynn Moya

  36. dallas' mommy on June 9th, 2011 5:37 pm

    R.I.P. Dustin!! We will definatly miss you!!!! The whole family is in my thoughts and prayers!!!!! We love all of ya’ll!!!! And I am here for any of ya’ll!!!! Love all ya’ll!!! Samantha, Thomas, and Dallas!!!!

  37. Faith on June 9th, 2011 5:27 pm

    Lord Jesus, please be with them now, let them depend on You.
    Only You can really know what they are going through.
    Lord, help us, as a spiritual family, to lift them up each day.
    Give us sensitivity to know just what to say.

    Lord, now be their companion, share in their pain.
    Let them see beyond the clouds, the joy that comes through rain.

    Help us, Lord, to comfort them with words that come from You.
    Give us wisdom to know just what to say and do.

    Lord, let them know we care for them, let them know our love.
    Let them find his solace in the Balm that’s from above.

    We pray that You will keep them close to You each day.
    Wrap Dustin’s Family and Friends in Your loving arms,
    This is what I pray.

    I am so glad that the Lord brought you into my life at such a young age, I watched you grow from a toddler into a fine young man!!! You have forever touched my heart and life and I am a better person for knowing you!!
    Please tell God I said Hey, How u been :) with that beautiful smile you always had on.. I Love you just like you were my own and it is not goodbye , it’s until I see you again..

  38. Jaimie on June 9th, 2011 5:19 pm

    I love you Dustin, so much! Spread your wings and fly. I pray that everyone will make it through this, its going to be so hard with you not here, I have so many memories of you and of us together! You will always hold a special place in my heart! We all will be together again one day!!!! Love you with all my heart, your cousin and friend Jaimie

  39. ash kite on June 9th, 2011 5:01 pm

    MGO- yes that was him :(

  40. Megan Landreth on June 9th, 2011 4:54 pm

    To all of the prayers and regrets we thank you. This is a very difficult time for our family and God is the only thing to pull us through. Dustin was a very precious gift in our life with a wonderful life ahead of him!! We know now he is at peace. Please continue with the prayers…they are very well needed and appreciated! Thank you all! Dustin Smiths Family.

  41. Kristen on June 9th, 2011 3:42 pm

    My prayers go out to the family and the truck drivers themselves! I am sure everyone one is shaken up by this and it is so sad to hear that he is no longer with us! My mom used to tutor him and he seemed so happy all the time! I know he will be missed!

  42. MGO on June 9th, 2011 3:31 pm

    Is this the same Dustin Smith that worked at the casino and has a son named Kayden? I sure hope it isn’t the same, he is a super nice young man that always has a smile on his face.

  43. Patsy McGhee on June 9th, 2011 2:51 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith Family!! Sincerely Calvin and Patsy McGhee

  44. The Godwin Family on June 9th, 2011 2:40 pm

    Such a tragic accident. We are so sad for all of you. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.. God Bless all of you is our prayers.

  45. ER STAFF on June 9th, 2011 1:23 pm


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please know we are here for you, do not hesitatge to call one of us, you know where we are. Carrie, this is Debbie r, i am going to pensacola tomorrow, do you need me to pick up anything for u?

  46. tina c on June 9th, 2011 1:18 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to kayla and her son. They were here not to long ago. I love yall and if you need anything let us know.

  47. ash kite on June 9th, 2011 1:13 pm

    y u.. :( i love u and miss u cuz. atleast i know all ur pain and troubles are gone. ur up the happy as can be in heaven ! u will never be forgotten. we love u with all our hearts ! fly high cuz

  48. Friend on June 9th, 2011 12:47 pm

    This is so sad :( Dustin was always so sweet and I never saw him without a smile on his face. We went to school together for about a year and I always saw him at my work cashing his check. My thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family and ecspecially that little boy :(

  49. katlyn white on June 9th, 2011 12:41 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.. We will always remember Dustin and every person he came into contact with always had a smile on there face after talking to him. love you

  50. Old Friend on June 9th, 2011 12:11 pm

    this is so sad, i went to school with him an was neighbors with him. He always knew how to cheer someone up, and always had a smile on his face. He waved or said hey everytime you saw him. It’s so sad to even think about. He will deff be missed!! Prayers go to the Family & especially his little boy!!!

  51. Heather C on June 9th, 2011 12:06 pm

    Im so very sorry Uncle Bill and his family has to go though something like this. Dustin will truly be missed. And this tragic event will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

  52. jjohnson on June 9th, 2011 12:05 pm

    I went to school with Dustin and can honestly say there was never a sweeter person found. He will be truly missed.

  53. Alisa on June 9th, 2011 11:45 am

    So VERY sad…I graduated w/Dustin’s Mom and went to school w/his Dad…He ALWAYS smiled and waved EVERY time I saw him….Prayin’ for the ENTIRE family!

  54. Molino Gurl* on June 9th, 2011 11:44 am

    TOO YOUNG!!!!! You just NEVER know when :( Praying for all the Family Members and ecspecially the little boy. God be with you ALL. R.I.P

  55. Stacey C on June 9th, 2011 11:44 am

    As a friend of the family and a past coworker with Dustin, my heart goes out to them during this time. He will be truley missed by many.

  56. leslie on June 9th, 2011 11:21 am

    This news was very shocking to me and im sure alot of others… My prayers are with his family, friends and the truck drivers as well. It doesn’t seem real. Dustin will be missed by so many..

  57. Sunshine on June 9th, 2011 11:15 am

    God blessthe family I was friends with the victim and they was truly a gift…hate what happened its a pure shame…

  58. Sam on June 9th, 2011 10:53 am

    Such an awful tragic accident. He was in the prime of his life and had the cutest little boy. My prayers go out to the entire Smith family.

  59. me on June 9th, 2011 10:49 am

    I am a cousin of the victim. Loved by many, missed by all. This is a dark day.

  60. Old Friend on June 9th, 2011 10:41 am

    I am just a old friend of the Victim in this horrible accident. I pray for his 2 year old son an the Mother of his baby and also his family.

  61. MJS on June 9th, 2011 10:18 am

    Prayers and Thoughts going out to Mr &Mrs. Billy Smith and Dustin’s Mom and Dad,,,This is truly tragric,,,, may God Comfort you in you time of need

  62. WORRIED RESIDENT on June 9th, 2011 8:06 am

    Dawg, to have survived the crash, and then die on the street. My prayers go out to the friends, and family of the victim, and the driver of the log truck.

  63. Ms K on June 9th, 2011 7:38 am

    I ran into this on my way to work this morning. I was really hoping no one was seriously hurt. God bless the family!

  64. Stacey on June 9th, 2011 6:49 am

    This is just terrible! Praying for all involved :(

  65. Susan on June 9th, 2011 5:36 am

    Thank you Firemen for your help and dedication once again. My prayers are with the victim’s family.

  66. Rachel on June 9th, 2011 5:19 am

    That is so sad! My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

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