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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Arrest made in St. Louis hit-and-run

On Jan. 28, a hit-and-run driver struck a bicyclist in downtown St. Louis, prompting the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of motorists who injure or kill cyclists.

Earlier this week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a brief about an arrest in the accident. Here's what the Post-Dispatch reported:
Levelle C. Rose, 38, of East St. Louis, (Ill.) has been charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident regarding a collision that seriously injured a bicyclist Jan. 28.

Authorities said Rose's vehicle struck the cyclist, a downtown resident, at Third and Cole streets about 5:23 p.m. The cyclist, 48, was hospitalized for nearly a month and is now recuperating at his sister's home, a friend said Wednesday.
The story did not make mention of the Federation's reward or an additional $500 reward that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay offered in the downtown accident, and neither the Federation's nor Slay's Web sites mention the recent arrest, at least as of this morning. Obviously no payout would be made until a conviction is made.

KMOV-TV, Channel 4, in St. Louis reported the accident shortly after it happened, and a brief story and raw video still are available online.

The Federation still is collecting money for future rewards, and you can make online donations there.

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