A 37-year-old Lakeland man was facing traffic while walking between lanes of George Jenkins Boulevard at 3:45 a.m. today when he was struck and killed by a car that was unable to avoid him, police report.

After first responders tried to save him, Michael George Reynolds, 37, of 737 Rebecca Street, was rushed to Lakeland Regional Health, where he was pronounced dead at 4:27 a.m., police said in a news release.

Reynolds was walking eastward between the two westbound lanes of George Jenkins Boulevard near Sloan Avenue when he was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven in the outer lane by Pascual P. Hernandez, 57, of Fort Meade, police said. A driver in the inner lane had just managed to swerve around the pedestrian, but Hernandez was unable to, police said.

Reynolds was wearing dark clothing at the time of the crash and was in a part of the roadway “not marked for pedestrian traffic,” police said. Speed does not appear to have been a factor, they said.

George Jenkins Blvd. was closed for about four hours after the accident. Agencies responding and attempting life support included the Lakeland Police Department, Polk Fire Rescue and the Lakeland Fire Department.

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