On February 18, 2023, a 21-year-old man named Daniel Riley — who already had accumulated more than 100 bond violations and had never owned a driver’s license — recklessly sped a car through a yield sign in downtown St. Louis and struck a teenage girl who, as a result of her injuries, required the amputation of both her legs. At the time of the accident, Riley — previously accused of having stolen a gun in August 2020 — was free on bond. Originally scheduled for trial in January 2023, his weapons case had not yet made its way to the courtroom because Gardner’s office — not ready to try the case — had refiled it, prompting the presiding judge to place the suspect on house arrest with a GPS tracker. Although Riley subsequently violated the terms of that house arrest many times, Gardner’s office never once filed a motion to revoke the young man’s bond.