Hit-and-Run: William Gallagher Allegedly Fled Cops, Crashed Car, Killed Virginia Bedrosian, 87
Update: St. Louis resident William Gallagher, eighteen, has been charged in the hit-and-run crash this week that killed 87-year-old Virginia Bedrosian. Our original coverage is below.
SLMPD William Gallagher, eighteen.
A probable cause statement form the circuit attorney's office says that Gallagher is facing charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, resisting arrest, assault on an officer and leaving the scene of an accident. Of note, the report says that he was driving around 85 miles an hour at the time of the incident -- more than three times the speed limit on Osage Street, where he eventually collided with another vehicle.
As we reported, Gallagher, who was driving with a sixteen-year-old girl by his side, had earlier fled from police officers. When the collision took place on Tuesday, the statement says that Bedrosian was in the passenger seat and that her daughter was in the driver's seat. The mother died a few hours after the crash.
The report also reveals that Gallagher had allegedly stolen the car, which is why authorities were trying to apprehend him in the first place. The statement says:
The defendant was driving a 1997 Honda Accord...[that] had been reported stolen on April 1, 2013 from St. Louis County, near where the defendant formerly lived. The defendant told me he knew it was stolen. [Police officer] went up to the defendant while the defendant had stopped the car in the parking lot of the former Arby's after getting information that the defendant would be there. The officer had information that the defendant had a juvenile in the car that was reported as missing from Franklin County as well as the fact that the defendant had multiple wanteds from St. Louis County. [The officer] approached the car and told the defendant he was under arrest and to place his hands in the air. Instead the defendant placed the car in reverse, almost striking [the officer].
It wasn't his last confrontation with police that day. After the fatal crash, he ran on foot, police say, until cops caught up with him and finally were able to place him under arrest.
Below is our report from yesterday, followed by the full probable cause statement.
Original coverage, April 10, 1:48 p.m.: Hit-and-Run: Officials Say Two Teens Fleeing Police Crashed, Killed Virginia Bedrosian, 87
via ksdk.com. Video below. Aftermath of the crash yesterday.
An 87-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run collision yesterday after two teenagers, who were fleeing police in St. Louis, crashed their vehicle, officials say.
Virginia Bedrosian, from Greenville, Illinois, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died a short while later.
The suspects are in custody and charges are expected soon, possibly later this afternoon, police say.
St. Louis metro police officials say that Jefferson County sought their help yesterday in locating two runaways -- a male, age eighteen, and a female, age sixteen.
Police located the two on South Grand Avenue in a stolen vehicle around 2:15 p.m., the official report says.
via Google Maps Osage and Grand.
As officers asked them to step out, the male suspect in the driver's seat allegedly put the car in reverse -- and nearly hit an officer. They fled east on Osage Street and soon after hit another car on Nebraska Avenue.
In that car were three individuals -- a 64-year-old man, a 59-year-old female and Bedrosian, who was fatally killed in the collision. The two others were also taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.
The chase, however, did not end there.
Continue for more on the crash, the full statement, and a video from the scene.