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Driver arrested after fatal hit-and-run crash on north Broadway

Driver arrested after fatal hit-and-run crash on north Broadway

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Fatal hit-and-run

St. Louis Police investigate at the scene where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash on North Broadway on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Photo by Nassim Benchaabane

ST. LOUIS • Police have a suspect in custody in a hit-and-run accident on North Broadway that left a pedestrian dead Tuesday evening.

The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. A block of the road was closed in both directions near Christian Avenue as an accident reconstruction team worked at the scene.

The victim, a man, has not been identified, police said Wednesday. He died at a hospital.

Witnesses told police the man was first hit by a northbound red Chevrolet Impala and then by a second car, Lt. Paul Lauer said. Neither vehicle stopped.

The Impala was said to have a damaged hood and windshield afterward.

An officer saw a northbound Impala being driven erratically and making a U-turn onto southbound Broadway shortly after the crash, Lauer said. After the officer stopped the vehicle, he saw the damage and suspected it was the one involved in the hit-and-run.

The driver was taken to a hospital and police were hoping to obtain a blood sample, Lauer said. He was not injured.

Police had no description of the second vehicle that hit the man as he crossed Broadway.

A bystander said two vehicles appeared to have been speeding north on Broadway when the pedestrian was hit. 

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Reporter covering breaking news and crime by night. Born in Algeria but grew up in St. Louis. Previously reported for The Associated Press in Jackson, Mississippi and at the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas.

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