ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Authorities were busy at two scenes overnight involving cars and crashes. One was a fatal wreck along Highway 40/I-64 in Ladue; the other was a hit and run in north county. The deadly crash took place just before 2 a.m. this morning.
Missouri Highway Patrol troopers say a 2001 Infiniti QX4 SUV driven by 35 year old Gary Byrd was east on Highway 40 near McKnight when the vehicle hit the center median and rolled over. Byrd- who was from the St. Louis area- was the only person in the SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper actually rolled up on the crash scene shortly after the wreck happened but Byrd was already dead. Troopers say Byrd was not wearing a seat belt and driver inattention led to the crash. Multiple lanes on eastbound 64 were shut down for some time overnight-all of the lanes have since reopened.
Around 12:45 a.m., St. Louis County Police responded to a hit and run in north county at Halls Ferry and Hecht near the larger intersection of Halls Ferry and Chambers. In that case, investigators say a 67-year-old man was riding what is being described as a motorized wheelchair or scooter in the roadway when he was hit by a car that then immediately sped off.
County Police say the victim suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive. Investigators say citizens in the area took it upon themselves to protect the man as he laid in the street until first responders arrived.
Those actions may have saved the man`s life. The hit and run vehicle is described as possibly a black Chevy Impala with front end damage.
Call police if you have any information.