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1 dead, 1 arrested after vehicle crashes into building in north St. Louis

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NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A woman was killed after a vehicle hit another car and crashed into a church in north St. Louis on Thursday.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the 4400 block of Rosalie. Police said a car and SUV collided before the SUV went crashing into St. Paul Temple Missionary Baptist Church. A fire broke out, but firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. Accident reconstruction was requested. The 18-year-old driver of the SUV was arrested. 59-year-old Sandra Washington, who drove the other car, was killed.

"The impact shook the window, shook my TV. I jumped up, I didn't know what it was," said nearby resident Charmel King.

The SUV was reportedly speeding for an unknown reason. The female driver of the other car attempted to make a left turn when she was struck by the SUV and thrown out of her car.

The church's pastor sad he was working inside the church just a few minutes before the accident.

"I felt that it was urgent for me to get out so I said 'Let's get out of here," said Pastor Robert Conner. "So I went home and 30 minutes later they called me."

The front entrance to the church was badly damaged, but Conner believes he can fix it in time for. services on Sunday. Conner said the wreck could have been avoided.

"It's always an option that people start driving and care for other people," Conner said.

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