EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons filed charges Wednesday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Granite City over the weekend.
Travis E. Crain, 23, of Madison, was charged with failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death (Class 1 felony) and reckless homicide (Class 3 felony). On Sunday morning, April 19, a 911 call came in at 7:46 a.m. Granite City Police responded to an accident scene in the 2500 block of Edwardsville Road in reference to a dead man lying on the side of the road. The victim was identified as Mark S. Harris, 25, of St. Louis.
Investigators determined Harris was the victim of a hit-and-run. Police were able to locate the truck, a 2004 silver Dodge Dakota, using surveillance video from the Granite City area near the scene. Crain was subsequently identified as the owner of the vehicle. The investigation revealed that Crain was driving his vehicle sometime after 3 a.m. when he hit Harris, who had been walking along Edwardsville Road. It was also established that Crain was texting while driving.
Crain will be held at the County Jail in Edwardsville on a $750,000 bond set by Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli. If convicted, Crain faces a maximum penalty of four to 15 years in prison on the Class 1 felony and two to five years on the Class 3 felony.
Gibbons commended the Granite City Police Department for their excellent work in quickly identifying the vehicle and the suspect that allowed his office to file charges against the defendant Wednesday.
“The death of Mr. Harris is a tragic one, and I hope that these charges will be of some comfort to his family,” Gibbons said in a press release. “Sadly, this is yet another reminder of the dangers of texting and driving.”
Gibbons also thanked the paramedics and the Madison County Coroner’s Office for their assistance with the investigation.
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based upon probable cause. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.