On the evening of Friday October 5th a tragedy happened:
A boy has died and another is in critical condition after a pickup truck hit them and left the scene in Pagedale Friday evening.
The incident happened at about 7:30 p.m. in the 7300 block of St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale at Salerno Drive, just east of Pennsylvania Avenue. (stltoday.com)
His 10 year-old brother survived, with serious injuries. Earlier this month I visited the accident site, well I got as close as I could.
I couldn’t reach the convenience store or cross the street in my wheelchair due to a lack of sidewalks and crosswalks. The distance between signalized crossings is more than a quarter mile, as a result pedestrians regularly cross the street where it is convenient to do so.
Media reports focussed solely on the driver’s record:
In the last 30 years, he has been arrested about 150 times, almost always while driving in north St. Louis County. Six of his 11 DWI arrests resulted in convictions: four times on misdemeanors and two on felonies. He has served fewer than two years total in prison on the DWI charges. (He also has served time in prison on gun charges.) (stltoday.com)
Yes, those who drink & drive are a problem, but only part of it. The other part of the problem is this area, just a short distance from the Rock Road MetroBus/MetroLink center isn’t designed for use by pedestrians.
My sympathies to the families of all involved.
– Steve Patterson