Police ID man struck, killed in work zone on Lebanon Pike

Posted at 4:48 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 14:16:27-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro police have identified the 64-year-old man who was struck and killed in a work zone in Nashville.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon at 1901 Lebanon Pike. Police say Lawrence Bledsoe, of Pleasant View, was wearing a yellow reflective safety vest and hard hat when he was hit.

According to police, the right westbound lane was blocked by orange cones and a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, which had an arrow directing traffic left, when a driver struck the truck. The impact of the crash caused the truck to spin 90 degrees and hit Bledsoe, who was standing outside his truck. Police say he died at the scene.

The driver, 50-year-old Randall McGinnis, told police the setting sun blocked his view of the road and that he was unable to avoid the collision.

McGinnis, of Joelton, suffered minor injuries. Police say there was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene.

According to investigators, the preliminary contributing factor to the crash appears to be speed too fast for road conditions and failure to move over on the part of McGinnis.

Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.