"Half her body was on the street, half her body was still in the car."
Dorene did not know it would be the last message she would send to her sister.
The conversation over text would be the last words ever shared between the two sisters.
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In March 2017, 55-year-old Doletha Hudson was crossing Natural Bridge Avenue to get to a bus stop when a driver struck and killed the grandmother on impact.
"I just started hollering and asking the Lord, 'I want to be with my sister. I've got to see my sister,'" Dorene Brown said.
There have been ten pedestrian deaths on Natural Bridge Avenue in the last decade.
"Half her body was on the street, half her body was still in the car," said Stacy Hudson Kidd, Hudson's daughter. "Her body was just dismembered, due to someone hitting her. Someone speeding. Someone who should've known better."
Missouri has the highest pedestrian fatalities amongst its neighboring states in 2016, with the exception of Oklahoma. (Nationally, Missouri is 20th for highest pedestrian fatalities, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association).
For the past decade in Missouri, 38 pedestrians who died on stroads were younger than 10. 31 pedestrians were older than 80.
Here are the pedestrian deaths each year in Missouri:
In St. Louis alone, there have been 125 pedestrian deaths. The city has the highest number even compared to all counties in the state.
78 of those have been on stroads.
What is a stroad?
A stroad is the combination of a street and a road. The danger lies in pedestrians crossing on wide roads with fast-moving cars.
"That's kind of the perfect storm," Jamie Wilson, head of St. Louis' street department said. "The roads are designed a certain way and it's very costly to design it any way differently. Not that it can't be done, but money often becomes an obstacle."
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According to pedestrian fatalities in the past 10 years, the most lethal roads in St. Louis (not including interstates) are:
- Grand Avenue (21 deaths)
- Broadway and Riverview (11 deaths)
- Natural Bridge Avenue (10 deaths)
The list does not include the pedestrian death on Feb. 13 at Grand and Montgomery and also the death on Natural Bridge at the intersection with Goodfellow on Jan. 21.
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