Two pedestrians killed in separate accidents overnight

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Two separate crashes left two pedestrians dead in North St. Louis Tuesday night.

The first was on eastbound Interstate-70 near Salisbury Avenue.  St. Louis police say that was at about 9:45 p.m.  Officers say 55-year-old William Van Riggs III, a homeless man, was walking on the roadway.  They said a 27-year-old man was driving an Infiniti when Riggs ran into his lane of traffic. Unable to clearly see him, the driver then struck Riggs. The driver continued down the highway several seconds and after realizing he had struck Riggs, he lost control of his vehicle and crashed down an embankment off the highway. The driver was located by officers and conveyed to an area hospital for a wellness check. Riggs was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Just after 11:45 p.m., a 60-year-old man was crossing the street on Natural Bridge Avenue near Kingshighway Boulevard.  Police said he was hit by two cars, one driven by a 27-year-old woman and a second by a 47-year-old man.  Both drivers stopped, but the victim died at the scene.  Police made no arrests in that case.

The investigation into both crashes continued.  The eastbound lanes of interstate 70 reopened around 2 a.m. Wednesday. That was before the westbound lanes shut down for another vehicle crash just after 4 a.m.

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