(KMOV) –- A man and woman are dead after an SUV slammed into them while they were crossing the street in north St. Louis on Friday night.
The accident happened on North Grand Boulevard between Cottage Avenue and Montgomery Street officials say.
The front end of the 1999 Tahoe was smashed on impact. There were no skid marks to show the driver slowed down before barreling into the man and woman killed.
The people struck have been identified as Charles Thomas, 52, and Marilyn Tabb, 27, both of north city.
Authorities say they stopped half-way across the street at the double yellow line while waiting for oncoming traffic to pass. But without looking, they backed into the lane behind them and into the path of an oncoming driver.
“We're going to do some traffic enforcement around here, conduct some speed enforcement to determine if there is a problem in this area,” says Lieutenant Carlos Ross with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
People who live nearby say cars speed the stretch of road between North Market and St. Louis Avenue. That three block stretch has no stop signs or lights to slow down drivers.
“Coming across that intersection, as dark as it is, there are a lot of accidents that happen; serious accidents,” an area resident says. “A lot of people go to the store [and] come from the store and just crossing this intersection is dangerous. I don't know why they took those stop signs.”
Officials say this is the fifth deadly accident in that area over the past three years.
The 44-year-old female driver did stay on the scene after the accident. She, and her passenger, did not suffer any injuries. The driver was not charged.
Accident reconstruction is still investigating the accident. This could take several weeks.