ST. LOUIS — Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner faced an unprecedented barrage of criticism — and a threat of removal — from state and local leaders on Wednesday over a car crash last weekend that left a teen in critical condition.

One of the region’s top business advocates called Gardner’s lack of action “unforgiveable.” An area county executive called for state intervention. Even Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, once one of Gardner’s most prominent allies, said the prosecutor’s office must do better.

Kimberly Gardner is the first Black person to hold the role of St. Louis circuit attorney. She was first elected in 2016. A brief look at her career and controversies. Video by Beth O'Malley

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