11-year-old boy running to bus to school struck and killed by car

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ST. LOUIS – An 11-year-old boy died Monday morning after he was hit by a car in the Central West End neighborhood.

The accident occurred just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Delamar and Sarah Street. A witness said the child had almost made it across Delmar when he was hit by a speeding 2008 BMW.

The victim, identified as Trent Davis, was rushed to a local hospital where he later died. His family had just moved to the area.

Davis’ mother said she was going to ride the city bus with him to school but realized they’d forgotten their bus fare. Davis ran home to get it and was almost back to the bus stop when he was struck.

Witness Pamela McLucas said the car had been driving erratically for blocks.

“As a driver and as a responsible driver, we have to be very mindful of the speed limit and the fact that someone could dart out,” she said.

McLucas said she knows the driver who hit Davis was speeding because she was driving the posted 25 mile-per-hour limit when he passed her. Then she saw the child running.

“He was very fast but he just didn’t make it,” she said.

McLucas was driving her two daughters to school.

“And before I could say ‘is that?’ you know, he was in the air,” she said.

McLucas said the driver stopped. St. Louis police said they’re investigating what led up to the crash that killed Trent and McLucas said she tried comforting the child’s family. Police only identified the driver of the BMW as a 42-year-old man.

“That was the most heartbreaking for me because the mother felt like it was her fault,” she said.

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