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Suspect released from custody after fatal hit-and-run crash near Tower Grove Park

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(KMOV) – A 42-year-old man was in custody but was later released after being accused of hitting a woman with his car in south St. Louis. 

It happened around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, in the 4100 block of Magnolia at Klemm near Tower Grove Park.

According to St. Louis police, Roberta Haynes, 62, was walking her dog south on Klemm and attempting to cross Magnolia when she was hit by a 1995 Lincoln Towncar driving east on Magnolia. 

Police say the driver was speeding and ran a stop sign, hitting Haynes and her dog. Haynes was thrown into the air. Her dog died at the scene.

Witnesses tell police that the driver got out of the car and ran from the scene. A passenger in the car remained at the scene and was taken in for questioning. He was not arrested.

Police found the driver the day after the incident and he was arrested. He has not been charged at this time.

Haynes was taken to a local hospital. She later died on Saturday from her injuries.

Witnesses say they saw the driver and the passenger tossing beer cans out of the car after the crash.

Neighbors tell News 4 that the intersection at Magnolia and Klemm is incredibly dangerous and that drivers run the stop sign all the time.

News 4 headed back out there Friday and caught dozens off cars not stopping at the sign.

Residents say they have complained to police but nothing has been done.

No suspects are in custody. The investigation is on-going.

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