ST. LOUIS – A bicyclist died Friday night in a hit-and-run accident in north St. Louis.

The accident happened around 8:45 p.m. at Sarah and Cook, not far from the Gaslight Square area.

A 54-year-old man -- identified as Charles Beard -- died at the scene. Authorities say the bicyclist was wearing a helmet and reflective gear. A firefighter at the scene says the victim appears to be an experienced cyclist.

Police say they have found the suspect's car, a black 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, in the 4700 block of Kensington. They do not have a description of the suspect.

Shortly after authorities arrived at the scene they expanded the crime scene area in an attempt to locate evidence.

"I knew something was going to happen because of the way the constantly do it," says Mildred Patterson who calls Cook Avenue home.

She says Friday night's deadly hit and run is no surprise.

"It's a tragedy that it has to happen like this you know," she says.

Neighbors say Beard lived in the area and was always riding riding his bike.

"He drive up and down the street every morning and every night," says neighbor Kenneth Neal.

"Every now and then he would speak you know, and go on about his business," says Patterson.

They tell us the man was always seen wearing a helmet and reflective clothing, officials say that was also the case Friday night.

Neighbors like Patterson say the area is mostly quiet until drivers start speeding down Cook Avenue.

So much that he's afraid to let his children play in the front yard.

"Away from the sidewalk away from the curb, because they will like driver close to the curb," says Neal.

Police aren't saying how fast the driver was going when they hit the bicyclist, but know they took off at a high rate of speed.

"A lot of innocent lives that could have been a child, it just doesn't have to be him that's somebody's child," says Patterson.

Call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS if you have any information.

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