(KMOV) -- A child crossing Interstate 55 was struck and killed by a car Saturday.
Police said 14-year-old Ean McDaniel was struck on southbound I-55 at the Bates exit. Three boys were crossing the highway when one was struck by a red Volkswagen, shattering its front window.
Witnesses said the driver of the car slammed on their brakes, but couldn't stop in time and sent McDaniel several feet in the air.
People in the area said since a pedestrian crosswalk nearby was torn down in July, people have been crossing the highway more.
The boy who was struck was taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital where he was pronounced dead. McDaniel lived on Abner Place in north St. Louis.
Police do not plan to file charges against the driver.
Southbound I-55 was closed for hours causing a two and a half mile backup.