EDWARDSVILLE — State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons announced that a Madison man pleaded guilty Friday for his role in an April 2015 fatal hit-and-run in Granite City.
Travis E. Crain, 24, who was charged April 22, 2015, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, a Class 1 felony.
On Sunday morning, April 19, 2015, Granite City police responded to a 911 call at 7:46 a.m. in reference to a dead man lying off the road near the 2500 block of Edwardsville 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 subsequently was identified as the owner of the vehicle. The investigation revealed 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.
Gibbons noted this case, and the consequences Crain faces at sentencing, is an example of why texting and driving is so dangerous.
“The death of Mr. Harris is a tragic reminder of why it’s so important for drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road,” Gibbons said.
Crain has been in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville on a $750,000 bond since being charged. He will be sentenced by Associate Judge Jennifer Hightower following the completion of a pre-sentencing investigation. He faces a sentence ranging from probation to four to eight years in prison. Assistant State’s Attorney Crystal Uhe, chief of the Criminal Division, handled Friday’s plea.