Pedestrian Killed On Nine Mile Road

May 16, 2017

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Nine Mile Road Monday night.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 68-year old John McDowell of Pensacola was traveling north in the right turn lane of Pine Forest Road toward Nine Mile Road when two pedestrians entered his path. His 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe struck 28-year old Gary L. Surgner, Jr., of Niceville and 28-year old Sean M. Harris of Pensacola. The pedestrians were crossing Pine Forest Road from the Circle K toward the driveway of the Pine Forest Center.

Surgner was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Harris was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

McDowell was not injured.

Any charges against McDowell are pending the outcome of a Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide investigation.


7 Responses to “Pedestrian Killed On Nine Mile Road”

  1. fisherman on May 19th, 2017 7:38 am

    If what Michael said is true you now have rest of the story. I see individuals crossing in the middle of the street at dusk and night all the time. I myself have almost hit individuals. It doesn’t take long for a car traveling 45 mph to reach someone crossing the street. Please folks take the extra time and go to the cross walk.

  2. Michael on May 18th, 2017 6:24 pm

    This didn’t happen in the city but rather the county. Currently the county is not building in monuments. There is a lighted crosswalk are at the intersection but these folks chose to cross in a dark area with very low visibility. Tragic for sure but a extra minute to walk to the well lit intersection and crossing the street this tragedy may have been avoided.

  3. TQ on May 18th, 2017 5:08 pm

    Sean and my husband were good friends when we lived in Pensacola his family and his fiancé were so kind and welcoming. It’s such a tragedy and we are going to miss him can’t believe the last time we spoke would be the last time.

  4. fisherman on May 18th, 2017 8:45 am

    First let me say I’m sorry and praying for all individuals involved in this tragic accident. No matter how you were brought up has no bearing on this accident . I do a lot of walking and I never step in front of a vehicle as drivers are distracted and will hit you. All it takes is one small distraction for a millisecond and this is the outcome.

  5. Millie Marie Taylor on May 18th, 2017 7:40 am

    Sean M. Harris was a fine young man who knew more about bike,running and walking safety then anyone I know. He grew up on Eglin AFB with his father teaching him every thing about all sports and safety first. There is something missing in this story about how this really happened. Sean was also a Veteran who served in the Navy and an up standing person who had a bright future ahead of him. What really happened????????

  6. LB on May 17th, 2017 10:02 pm

    If the people that handled the city’s money would build sidewalks instead of monuments and other things that are a waste of money,Less folks would be in morgues or hospitals,Not everyone in the rip off state of Florida can afford transportaion

  7. Fr÷da on May 16th, 2017 8:49 pm

    Praying for all…

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