Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in Fairground Park
A 29-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Fairground Park on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
Around 5:00 p.m., the man was walking alone through the park. Police say the driver of a White Pontiac G6 was traveling through the park in the wrong lane and speeding when the driver hit the victim while he was crossing the road. The victim was taken to the hospital, and was later declared dead.
The speed limit in the area is 25 miles per hour, but according to witnesses, the vehicle could have been traveling at double the speed limit, possibly even more than that.
Unfortunately, this is the second fatal accident in or near the park in the past month as a woman was fatally injured while walking across the Natural Bridge in August. In May of this year, a 64-year-old man was also killed while crossing Natural Bridge Road after a speeding driver ran a red light.
An accident reconstruction team was called to the scene and an investigation on the incident remains open. Anyone with information on the hit-and-run accident should call police right away.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that pedestrian fatalities in St. Louis have been increasing. The St. Louis Fire Department said that during a week-long period in May, 16 people had been hit by a car in St. Louis. The St. Louis police say the accident team responded to more than a dozen fatal pedestrian accidents by May 2015. Last year, only five pedestrian fatalities were reported.
Although pedestrian accidents nationwide have decreased, these individuals are often the victims of hit-and-run crashes, which means many do not get the justice they deserve.