Baton Rouge Police are expected on Monday morning to release the name of the police officer who struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday night on Florida Boulevard at North Eugene Street.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said an on-duty female officer was driving with the flow of traffic in the 2600 block of Florida Boulevard around 10 p.m. when she struck 51-year-old John Payne, of 1124 Monterrey Blvd.

McKneely said Payne was trying to cross the road when he was hit. McKneely said investigators do not believe speed was a factor, adding that the officer was not specifically responding for a call for service at the time of the incident..

The officer, who was not injured in the crash, has been placed on paid administrative leave. McKneely said the officer's name will be released Monday morning, citing the department's policy to wait 24 hours before releasing an the name of an officer involved in an incident.

McKneely said the officer did take a sobriety test, which she passed.

An Emergency Medical Services crew transported Payne to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, EMS spokesman Brad Harris said.

Crews responded to the intersection shortly after 10 p.m., with investigators focusing on a marked unit with signs of damage on the front bumper and hood. 

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Florida Street was closed between North 26th and North Eugene streets. A single white sneaker was lying in the street near the intersection.

McKneely said Sunday afternoon the incident remains under investigation.

 

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