St. Louis Police Questioning Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Accident

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Monday, April 30, 2012

Authorities have tracked down a man they believe could have been involved in a fatal pedestrian-car accident early on April 27. The collision fatally injured a 23-year-old woman who was crossing the street in downtown St. Louis. The suspect has not been charged in connection with the accident.

According to news reports, the victim was walking across South Broadway near Interstate 55 around 1:50 a.m. when a car struck her and a 29-year-old man who was also crossing the street. It is not clear whether the man was with the woman, but workers at a nearby nightclub said that the woman was with at least two other people.

The woman died of her injuries. The man was knocked to the ground by the car and was cut on his face, leg and hip. The car sped off, according to witnesses. Police said on Friday that the car was a Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix, painted either gray or silver, with Missouri license plates. They believed that the accident caused damage to the car’s front passenger side — including a broken headlight — and undercarriage.

The next day, St. Louis police said they had taken a man into custody in connection with the fatal collision. The man and his car were found just across the Missouri border in Madison, Illinois. Police were questioning the man, but as of April 28 had not charged him with a crime.

Without knowing all the facts of this case, tragic incidents like this one demonstrate how vulnerable pedestrians are to careless or negligent drivers.

Source: KMOX-TV, “Suspect Questioned in Hit and Run Fatality,” Greg Branson, April 28, 2012

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