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Suspect arrested after man killed in hit-and-run in south St. Louis

Police said the 75-year-old man was crossing the street when he was hit by a driver, who then stopped, made a U-turn and drove away from the scene

ST. LOUIS — A man was hit and killed by a car that drove away from the scene in south St. Louis.

The St. Louis police department’s accident reconstruction team responded at about 10 a.m. on Oct. 7 to Gravois Avenue and Devolsey Street, which is on the edge of the Benton Park and McKinley Heights neighborhoods. First responders arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The man was identified as 75-year-old Stephen Aylward. 

According to police, Aylward was crossing the street when he was hit by a driver in a Chevy Impala. The driver then stopped, made a U-turn and drove away from the scene.

On Oct. 13, police announced a suspect had been arrested in the case. They are seeking charges from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office. Charges have not yet been officially been filed.

This story will be updated as more information is confirmed.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to “stabilize inner-city neighborhoods.” One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.

To learn more, call 314-381-8200 or visit https://www.betterfamilylife.org/

Life Outside of Violence “helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.”

To learn more, call 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership between and Saint Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.

To learn more, visit https://www.ulstl.com/anti-crime-initiative.html

Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities. To learn more, visit https://cvg.org/

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