Traffic outside an Affton voting site was restricted Tuesday morning as a woman was hit by a car and killed just as voting officially kicked off.
Officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct of the St. Louis County Police Department responded at 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, to the 9800 block of Mackenzie Road in Affton, where the Affton White-Rodgers Community Center at 9801 Mackenzie Road is serving as a polling place. Polls opened at 6 a.m.
An 87-year-old woman had been struck by a vehicle while crossing the road. Officers performed life-saving treatment on the woman, who was transported to a local hospital, but pronounced dead soon after.
Police released the woman’s identity later in the day. Phyllis Powers, 87, lived in the 9500 block of Yaffbury Lane in Affton, less than 1 mile from the voting location at the Community Center.
Police said it was likely that Powers was walking to White-Rodgers to vote. She was walking westbound across the road and was hit by a 26-year-old woman driving a Honda Accord headed southbound. The driver remained on the scene.
The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons, Crime Scene Unit and Accident Reconstruction Unit are responding to investigate.
Traffic will be restricted in the 9800 block of Mackenzie Road as the investigation progresses.
This is the second time in less than five days that a woman was hit and killed by a car while crossing an Affton road on foot early in the morning. A 72-year-old woman died Thursday morning when she was hit by a Jeep while crossing Tesson Ferry Road.
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