ST. LOUIS — A bicyclist was struck and killed by a driver who then left the scene Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6 near Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis.
The crash happened at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday just east of the park. Police said a white, newer model Kia was traveling northbound on South Grand Boulevard at a high speed before it entered the bicycle lane to bypass slow-moving traffic. When doing so, the vehicle struck a bicyclist.
The bicyclist, 47-year-old Danyell McMiller of Portis, was thrown from his bike and slid across the roof of a parked vehicle and into the back of another. McMiller was transported to a hospital, where he later died.
Police said the driver of the Kia fled the scene of the crash. The car was described as a four-door sedan without license plates.
A crash reconstruction team from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is handling the investigation. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, police had the northbound lanes of Grand Boulevard closed for an investigation.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
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