July 7, 2015

Family hopes fatal hit and run will spur change

Casey Nolen, KSDK 6:50 a.m. CDT July 7, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 8.10.33 PMST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Police hope surveillance video will help solve a fatal hit and run and the victim’s mother hopes her son’s death can spur change in the city.

Police say 50-year-old Bapi Gupta was crossing the 700 block of South Broadway when a black Mercedes and a maroon vehicle both hit him and kept going. It happened around 3 a.m. on June 28th. A week later Gupta died from his injuries.

Gupta was a Washington University graduate who worked for the university in IT and teaching say friends. His mother says he also put his computer skills to work at the Sporting News in St. Louis.

Monday night his friends gathered to raise money for funeral expenses and his family launched a pedestrian safety campaign in his name.

“So that we can make that street safer,” said Genie Dee, Gupta’s mother. She wants the city to consider street surfaces that will slow traffic, better lighting and marked pedestrian crossings.

“So that no other families have to go through what we have gone through and will be going through with the loss of our son,” says Dee.

“Bapi was a friend to anyone who really needed a friend,” says Bill Baum who attended an event at a south city bar to raise funds for funeral expenses for Gupta’s family.

Gupta’s mother says any additional money will go to what she’s calling the Bringing Awareness Pedestrian Initiative Campaign (BAPI Campaign).

St. Louis police report more than a dozen pedestrians have been hit and killed in the city so far this year.

Police are asking anyone with info in this case to call 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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