Wreck kills St. Louis woman year after her daughter’s death


ST. LOUIS (AP) – A year after a 12-year-old St. Louis girl was struck by a police SUV and later died, her family is dealing with another tragedy – the death of her mother.

Akeelah Jackson died in November 2019, about a month after a St. Louis County police SUV struck her.

Akeelah’s mother, 39-year-old Melissa Bassett, was driving a car on Oct. 16 when another car hit hers. She died Thursday.

Relatives confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Bassett was Akeelah’s mother.

The officer driving the SUV that struck Akeelah, Preston Marquart, was charged in April with second-degree involuntary manslaughter.

His case is still pending.

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