NORTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Antonio Coleman, a 29-year-old St. Louisan was struck and killed on Riverview Boulevard Sunday morning. It happened at the intersection of Riverview and Eton around 7:45am. Witnesses say Coleman was dashing across the street to try to catch a bus when he was struck by a van.
Family members took comfort in where he would have been headed on that bus. They tell FOX 2 that the man was trying to get to church.
Riverview is fast-paced even on a Sunday morning.
“This is a dangerous street. People pass up and down, up and down, speeding. You can’t cross the street,” said the victim’s friend and neighbor, Deborah Tate.
“The victim made a mad dash across the street. The driver of the van wasn’t able to maneuver fast enough and struck the victim,” said St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlos Ross.
He said Coleman ran into the path of a white work van while trying to get to a bus stop across the street. Early indications were that it was just a sad accident. Witnesses told investigators the driver was not speeding; he stopped right away once he realized what had happened.
“An officer was actually not far away. He arrived, saw the victim lying in the street and he immediately started trying to resuscitate him until EMS arrived and took over,” Lt. Ross said.
He said the victim died at a hospital.
Loved ones said the victim was catching a bus to go to church and then was to babysit his nieces, Anijah Evans, 8, and her sister.
“He’s a good baby sitter. He always liked to watch us,” Anijah said.
“He was on his way to church. My brother came in to tell us when it happened. All I can say I know he’s in heaven. He was going to the right place. But you never know the minute, the hour, the second,” Tate said.
“It’s best to cross at cross walks. Just make sure as you are driving, to be aware there are pedestrians that cross the street,” Lt. Ross said.
Whether in a car or on foot, expecting the unexpected can be a life saver.
As of Sunday afternoon, police had not yet released the victim’s name.
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