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St. Louis woman charged in deadly hit-and-run crash

January 3, 2022 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis woman has been charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Chernell Dabney was charged last week with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and leaving the scene of a crash that killed 46-year-old Darrell Ransom.

Police said Dabney drove a minivan onto a sidewalk on Dec. 11, hitting a building and the victim.

Court documents said a witness who called 911 saw Dabney climb from the driver side window of the minivan afterward. Police found Dabney walking two blocks from the crash scene; she told officers she had fallen asleep before the crash. Ransom died at the crash scene.

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Charges say the van avoided a newspaper box, fire hydrant and streetlight before striking the victim from behind. Surveillance video also showed the van’s working brake lights as it passed through a nearby intersection but no brake lights on before the man was struck.

Dabney does not yet have a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.