3 injured when struck by cars in two metro-east crashes

News-DemocratSeptember 14, 2013 

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Three people were hospitalized after being hit by cars in two separate accidents Saturday, according to police.

Gary H. Mayweathers, 37, of East St. Louis was struck by a 2006 Mazda 6 at about 2 p.m. when he walked into the eastbound lanes of St. Clair Avenue, about 850 feet west of Interstate 255 in East St. Louis, according to Illinois State Police.

An ambulance transported Mayweathers to St. Louis University Hospital, where he remained in critical condition. The speed limit at the crash site is 55 mph.

Alexander T. Ryan, 33, of St. Louis, was driving the car that struck Mayweathers. He was not injured and the Mazda was driven from the scene.

Mayweathers was not in a crosswalk when he was struck, and police did not issue any traffic citations related to the crash.

The crash site was near the location of a fatal collision in 2011 when a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on St. Clair Avenue just east of I-255, according records from the National Highway Safety Administration.

Two people were injured in a separate accident at about 10 a.m. in O'Fallon.

A man and a woman were struck by a Chrysler 300, a full-size sedan, at about 10 a.m. on U.S. Route 50 near the O'Fallon Community Park, according to O'Fallon Police Officer Brian Gimpel.

The two were crossing the street when they were struck by the eastbound car, Gimpel said. Police on Saturday were not releasing the names of the two pedestrians.

Both of the pedestrians were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries, police said. The speed limit at the crash site is 35 mph. Police did not issue any traffic citations related to the O'Fallon crash.

"It doesn't appear to be anything criminal at this point, but we are still investigating and don't want to jump to any conclusions," Gimpel said.

Route 50 was closed for about two hours while the crash was investigated.

The latest state reports show 67 people were struck by vehicles in St. Clair County in 2011, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Those struck consisted of 45 pedestrians and 22 bicyclists.

Contact reporter Daniel Kelley at dkelley@bnd.com or 618-239-2501.

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