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NORTH COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – An off-duty Bellefontaine Neighbors police sergeant died after being struck by a vehicle in North County Monday morning, according to authorities.

Just before 8 a.m., Peggy Vassallo, 53, who was an off-duty sergeant dressed in full uniform and heading to work, was involved in a minor accident in the area of Highway 67 and Old Jamestown Road. When Vassallo exited her personal vehicle to talk to the other driver, she was struck by another vehicle. 

Vassallo was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Both directions of Highway 67 were closed near the accident scene while emergency crews respond. 

Vassallo was the DARE officer at GIbson Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District.

The St. Louis County Police Department's Bureau of Crimes Against Persons unit and the department's accident reconstruction team are conducting the investigation.  

No other information has been released.

County Executive Steve Stenger released the following statement Monday afternoon:

“I offer my condolences to Sergeant Peggy Vassallo’s family, friends, and co-workers. Sgt. Vassallo was a faithful and trusted servant of the Bellefontaine Neighbors community and our county. She dutifully followed her oath to serve and protect. Sgt. Vassallo’s dedication and professionalism will be missed.  My prayers are for the Vassallo family to remain strong during this most difficult time. Thank you to everyone who is cooperating in the investigation of this tragic loss.”

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