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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - It's been a year since a man was killed by a speeding hit and run driver while crossing a downtown street.

Family and friends gathered at the site where Bapi Gupta was hit. He was crossing the street on S. Broadway in front of the Broadway Oyster Bar when he was struck by a driver. Gupta died a week later in the hospital. He was 50.

Close to 100 gathered Thursday evening to not just remember Gupta, but also talk about changes that have been made on S. Broadway since his death. Those changes include a crosswalk, a flashing light, and signs.

Gupta’s family said his death, as well as the death of Amber Wood—who was killed at the very same location in another hit and run accident—galvanized St. Louis to make the streets safer for pedestrians.

A teenager was later arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. Police said 18-year-old Donte Jackson was traveling 80 to 90 miles an hour prior to hitting Gupta. Jackson was also charged with filing a false report after he got a passenger to say she was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.