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Man Accused of Trying to Scrap Car Involved in Fatal Hit and Run

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Prosecutors in the St. Louis metro area have charged a 29-year-old man with obstruction of justice in relation to an April 27 hit and run pedestrian accident that fatally injured a woman in downtown St. Louis. However, it does not appear that police believe the accused man was driving the car when the accident occurred.

We previously discussed this incident in our April 30 post. The accident took place around 1:50 a.m. on South Broadway near a downtown nightclub. The victim, 23, was crossing the street with some friends when a car struck her and a man who was also crossing the road. The woman was killed and the man suffered injuries to his face, leg and hip.

Police believed the driver of the car went across the Missouri border into Madison County, Illinois. They tracked the car to a man in Madison and took him into custody on April 27 for questioning.

Now the county state’s attorney has charged a 29-year-old man with attempting to transfer the car to someone else to have it scrapped. It is not clear from news reports whether the charged man is the same person police questioned in late April, but the fact that he has not been directly charged in relation to the accident indicates that authorities do not believe he was the driver.

A statement released by the victim’s mother suggests the same thing. In the statement, the mother thanks authorities in St. Louis and Madison County for their efforts and asks that anyone with information about “the actual person responsible” contact police.

Source: KSDK-TV, “Man charged in connection to deadly hit and run,” Kristen Gosling, May 7, 2012

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