ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department have identified a pedestrian who was struck by a car and killed last week along New Halls Ferry Road.
According to Sgt. Tracy Panus, a county police spokeswoman, the incident happened around 8 p.m. on March 1, at the intersection of New Halls Ferry and Dunn roads.
Officers discovered a wheelchair-bound man had been struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. The man, identified as Lavon Carthen of Florissant, was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died. Carthen was 45.
Some drivers said the intersection is very confusing because of the construction. They added that people speed through the area, making it very dangerous.
“They don’t have no lights on the side of the road, you know, you getting off off-ramps; they got construction stuff with no lights at nighttime,” said Ervin Carter. “You know, it’s kind of scary.”
“You can’t see nothing, really. And then they got the drivers speeding and stuff,” said Baybay. “I want everybody to get better. Like all this killing and stuff, it’s not cool. I don’t like that.”
“Terrible. A lot of traffic. Yeah, it’s been bad,” said Michael Lawrence.
FOX 2 reached out to MoDOT, but has yet to hear back. Investigators did not elaborate on the circumstances of the fatal crash.
“They need to get the lights together and have these construction people put up some hazard lights, so they can see at nighttime,” Carter said.
Police said the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with authorities.