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City leaders are searching for solutions after another person was hit by a car in the city Tuesday night.

The concern comes after 42-year-old Elijah Brooks was hit and killed while crossing the street near the intersection of Natural Bridge and Goodfellow. The driver sped away from the scene. Brooks was the second person hit by a car in north St. Louis in a one week span.

“It was like a heartless incident they didn't try to stop or see if he was okay, or get off the man. They just kept on going,” said witness Jerry Jacobs.

St. Louis City Streets Director Todd Waeltermann said there have been eight incidents in 2015 where people have been hit by cars. In total, 11 pedestrians have been struck this year.

Waeltermann said he believes cell phones and other devices that divert both driver and pedestrian attention maybe to blame.

“People are walking down the sidewalks, tripping, falling over curbs while on the phone and texting. It's happening on both ends. With the drivers as well as pedestrians.

Waeltermann told News 4 he believes stronger laws and better enforcement of traffic laws could lead to fewer pedestrian deaths, but he also said there is no easy solution.

“We are looking at how other cities are doing it, but you can't just pass a law unless you have enforcement behind it to make it mean something,” Waeltermann said.

Waeltermann also said he wants to see a widespread public education program to teach both drivers and pedestrians about safety.

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