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Vehicle fleeing police strikes and kills man on north St. Louis sidewalk

St. Louis police said they had disengaged with the vehicle prior to it striking the man.
Credit: KSDK file

ST. LOUIS — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle that was fleeing police Saturday in St. Louis.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, shortly after midnight officers saw a 1997 Ford Taurus driving erratically near Goodfellow and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. They tried to pull the car over, and it sped away, continuing to drive erratically.

Police said officers disengaged and followed the car's path at a "significant distance."

The officers found the car crashed at Dr. Martin Luther King and Academy. They found the suspect running north on Academy and chased after him, using a taser on the man after he refused commands to stop, police said. The 27-year-old was then taken into custody and transported to an area hospital.

Officers responding for backup were flagged down by witnesses who told them a man had been on the sidewalk when he was struck by the suspect's car. 

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police identified him as 59-year-old Andre Adams.

Police will apply for at-large charges against the suspect since he is in the hospital, the department said.

The Accident Reconstruction Unit is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

This is a developing story. Information will be updated as it is confirmed by 5 On Your Side. 

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