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Man accused of hitting, killing man selling roses

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A man was fatally struck at Natural Bridge and Farrar late Sunday night. A man was fatally struck at Natural Bridge and Farrar late Sunday night.
A man was fatally struck at Natural Bridge and Farrar late Sunday night. A man was fatally struck at Natural Bridge and Farrar late Sunday night.
Antonio Cooper is accused of fatally striking Jerrel Nixon, a man who often sold roses at nightclubs and lounges Antonio Cooper is accused of fatally striking Jerrel Nixon, a man who often sold roses at nightclubs and lounges

ST. LOUIS (AP and KMOV.com) -- A man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident in St. Louis that killed a man selling roses.

Antonio Cooper, 26, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The accident happened in May on Natural Bridge Road. Police say the victim, 64-year-old Jerrel Dean Nixon, the brother of Lee "The Rose Man" Nixon and one of his successors in selling roses and other items at nightclubs and lounges, was at a crosswalk when a Chrysler 200 struck him. A witness told police the car was speeding and ran a red light.

Authorities believe Cooper was behind the wheel.

Lee Nixon sold roses for 30 years until he was the victim of a homicide in 2008. His daughter and Jerrel Nixon then took over the business.

Copper is being held on $150,000 bond.

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