'Rose Man' killed in hit-and-run crash

Roses sit on the side of the road at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run at the intersection of Natural Bridge Avenue and Farrar Street on Monday, May 18, 2015. Jerrel Dean Nixon, who sold flowers in area nightclubs as the "Rose Man," was killed. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@post-dispatch.com

A half-mile stretch of Page Avenue in Wellston was the deadliest highway segment on the Missouri side of the St. Louis area in 2015-16, according to an analysis of federal statistics.

The report said that segment of Page — between Sutter and R.M. Moore avenues — had the highest rate of fatal crashes per mile in the metro area during those two years.

The report said three people died in three crashes along that stretch of Page, also known as Missouri Route D, for a density of 5.59 fatal crashes per mile. That also was the second-highest rate across Missouri.

The report was released by the Wendt Law Firm of Kansas City, which worked with a San Diego-based data agency called 1Point21 Interactive.

The report was based on an analysis of data on state and federal highways from the National Traffic Safety Administration.

Brian Beltz, content manager for 1Point21 Interactive, said the federal data for last year has yet to be released. He said data for 2017 was released a few weeks ago, too late to be included in the study.

The road segment with the most fatal crashes in the St. Louis region, nine, was Interstate 270 in north St. Louis County between McDonnell Boulevard in Hazelwood and Lilac Avenue in Spanish Lake.

But because that’s a much longer stretch of 10.4 miles, the 0.86 fatal crashes per mile density was much lower than that of the segment on Page. The 270 stretch ranked seventh in the metro area.

The highway stretches in the St. Louis area “most deadly” list and their rankings:

1. Page Avenue in Wellston.

2. Highway 110 near De Soto, between Canaan Road and near Upper Plattin Road. Five died in four crashes, a rate of 2.35 fatal crashes per mile.

3. Interstate 70 between Union Boulevard and Salisbury Street in St. Louis. Nine died in eight crashes, 2.1 per mile.

4. Highway 141 between Burgundy Lane and Carman Road in Manchester. Three died in three crashes, 1.59 per mile.

5. Natural Bridge Avenue between Hamilton Avenue and Farrar Street in St. Louis. Six died in six crashes, 1.53 per mile.

6. Highway 30 between Lakenny Lane and High Ridge Boulevard in Jefferson County. Five died in four crashes, 0.94 per mile.

7. I-270 in North County.

8. North Lindbergh Boulevard between West Washington Street in Florissant and Robbins Mill Road in north St. Louis County. Six died in five crashes, 0.85 per mile.

9. Interstate 55 from Meramec Bottom Road to near Bayless Avenue, south St. Louis County. Five died in five crashes, 0.6 per mile.

10. Interstate 44 from Yarnell Road in Fenton to Lewis Road in southwest St. Louis County. Five died in five crashes, 0.57 per mile.

The highest density of fatal crashes across Missouri was a small stretch of Highway 24 in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, which had a rate of 19.1 crashes per mile. The report also crunches stats for Kansas.

The same data agency in 2017 compiled a list of the 200 most dangerous intersections in the state for a southwest Missouri law firm, based on a study of total accidents, injuries and fatalities from 2010 to 2015.

The interchange on Dorsett Road and I-270 in Maryland Heights ranked first.

More trolley repairs

The Loop Trolley Co. officials hope to be back to two-car service this Thursday after having to make repairs to both of the system’s vehicles.

Trolley 002 (the blue trolley) was taken out of service last week to address an unspecified electrical problem. The repairs were expected to conclude on Sunday, with testing to follow early this week.

Trolley 001 (the red trolley), which was struck by a car on Jan. 10, was returned to service on Thursday.

Loop Trolley Co. Executive Director Kevin Barbeau said in an email on Saturday he expects two-car service to resume on the 2.2-mile route on Thursday.

When service is reduced to a single trolley car, ticket vending machines are updated to provide passengers an extra hour on their two-hour ticket purchase.

The trolley is scheduled to operate from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and from noon to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The route links the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and the western end of the Delmar Loop commercial area in University City. The trolley began operations Nov. 16.