Ceremony at Gateway Arch to honor woman struck, killed by bus in St. Louis

Apr 15, 2011

A ceremony will be held on the Gateway Arch grounds tomorrow to honor a woman who was struck and killed by a charter bus while walking in downtown St. Louis nine years ago.

Susie Stephens was a strong advocate for bicycle and pedestrian safety, and was attending a conference on the issue in 2002 when she lost her life near the Adam's Mark Hotel. Her mother, Nancy MacKerrow, has been planting trees around the country in Susie's honor for years, but this is the first in St. Louis.

"I feel every time that we plant a tree, I am proclaiming her life and I just feel her approval," MacKerrow said. "It's just a wonderful experience for me every time we put a tree in the ground."

Tomorrow's ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. near the walkway leading to the south leg of the Arch.