A 27-year-old St. Louis man has been arrested for allegedly playing a role in the theft of a car outside a Cedar Hill gas station, which led to a man being hit by the stolen car. The victim, a 30-year-old House Springs man, was seriously injured in the hit-and-run accident, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.
The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night (May 20), when a white 2013 Dodge Dart pulled into the parking lot at the Moto Mart gas station, 8489 Local Hillsboro Road, and the St. Louis man got out of that car and into a 2007 Saturn Aura that the House Springs man had driven to the gas station and left unlocked with the keys inside when he went into the convenience store, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
When the Dodge and Saturn began to leave the parking lot, the House Springs man saw his car being driven away, so he attempted to stop it and was struck by the Saturn as it turned right onto Hwy. 30, the highway patrol reported.
The House Springs man was transported to Mercy Hospital South by Big River Ambulance, the patrol reported. However, the hospital had no information about his condition, a Mercy spokesman said.
At about 8:40 p.m., a Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the Dodge and Saturn traveling east on Hwy. 30 towards House Springs. The cars turned onto Hwy, MM, which turns into Hwy. M, and eventually got onto the northbound I-55 exit ramp. The Saturn exited onto I-55 and was last seen traveling north. However, the Dodge couldn’t make the turn to get onto the interstate and crashed, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The driver got out of the car and attempted to run away. After a struggle with deputies, one of them used a stun gun to subdue the driver, and he was taken into custody, the report said.
It also was discovered that the Dodge had been reported stolen from Creve Coeur, Bissell said.
The suspect refused medical treatment and was taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where he was booked and transferred to Jefferson County Jail. Bissell said the man was still in custody this afternoon (May 21).
The Sheriff’s Office is seeking charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office and highway patrol are still searching for the black Saturn Aura, Bissell said today.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-5515.