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REACTION: Neighbors and friends react to pedestrian death

PENSACOLA, Fla. --  A crash that killed a pedestrian on Creighton Road this morning in Pensacola is under investigation. The victim was a former professor at Pensacola State College.
   
67 year-old Lawrence Gardner died after being hit by a pick-up truck at about 8:30 am. He had been walking his dog near the Summer Lakes subdivision where he lived.
Reaction from people who knew the victim.
Say Larry Gardner was walking his dog this way, westbound on Creighton, when a pick-up truck drove onto the shoulder and hit him.

Barby Holifield, Knew Victim: "I couldn't believe it, because we're always walking our dog down this way."
 
Barby Holifield, a neighbor of Gardner's, was shocked to hear about his death.
She says she just saw him Thursday night.
 
Barby Holifield, Knew Victim: "We were laughing and having a good time. And now he's gone. I just can't believe it. I didn't realize how dangerous it is. I think from now on I think I will never walk that way again."
 
Witnesses say Gardner was dragged for several feet.
The dog was not hurt.
Officers say it returned home on its own.

The driver has been identified as 63 year-old Philip Masino, of Navarre.
Allen Keys, Knew Victim: "Really super neighbor"
Those who knew Gardner say was a friendly man who always had a joke to tell.

Allen Keyes, Knew Victim: "He made you laugh.  Just a really nice guy always happy-go-lucky. Always started his day off walkin' his dog and he'd stop by and he'd always start off with a smile and say 'Hey', you know."
 
Creighton Road was closed for about three hours after the incident.
No charges have been filed.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
It's the second traffic fatality of the year within city limits.