South Grand Community Improvement District President Natasha Bahrami said 370 accidents have occurred in South Grand in the past 6 months.
ST. LOUIS – The police of St. Louis searches for the car he ran over and killed a pedestrian in South City.
It happened at South Grand, near Juniata, shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday.
Witnesses said the SUV passed the red light, hit the man at the crosswalk and left the scene.
Business owners, throughout South Grand, said reckless driving is a major problem in their community.
It is something that they have been asking for help from the city and the police for the last three years.
Southern Community Improvement District President Natasha Bahrami said they only hoped to be able to solve this problem before someone had to lose their lives.
“We have no consequences for what is happening right now,” he said.
According to Bahrami, a night of family cinema was interrupted on Friday 15 July after a pedestrian was hit by a car with a red light.
“Last night, we had a tragic event that could have been avoided a lot, here in South Grand,” he said.
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Local business owner Danni Eickenhorst said as soon as the film started, he heard a thud.
“Immediately, as a mom, your brain goes to a million places, to the worst places and I thought calm down, it’s not what you think it was, and the screams quickly started,” she said.
When he realized that there was nothing more they could do, Eickenhorst tore his heart, because he had already gone down that path before.
“Since we moved to South Grand, this has been a recurring problem, reckless driving. Nine out of 10 accidents on our street are with uninsured drivers,” he said.
This is just the beginning.
According to Bahrami, in the last six months, there have been 370 accidents in South Grand between Tower Grove East and Tower Grove South.
“The numbers are extreme, but I’m here every day and I’m not surprised,” he said.
Bahrami said people passing by red lights and driving almost twice the speed limit is something he often sees in front of his restaurant.
“If there are no consequences to irresponsible driving, there is nothing to stop them from doing it again,” he said.
While the problem continues to affect the safety of their community, both business owners are asking for help from those in power.
“We care about our customers being safe, we care about our employees being safe,” Eickenhorst said.
“We need to come together to find a solution to this,” Bahrami said.
Eickenhorst also added that two people approached her on Friday at the scene, saying they had both been run over at the same intersection.
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