EDWARDSVILLE — A juvenile has been charged in connection with a fatal accident in Granite City in June.
On June 6, 2014, the Granite City Police Department responded at about 6 a.m. to an MCT bike trail where a jogger had reported an unresponsive male later identified at Jack Hoppe, 35. An autopsy determined that he had suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries and that the cause of death was blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen caused by a motor vehicle.
The investigation by detectives revealed Hoppe may have been sleeping on the bike trail when a car allegedly hit him and drove off. Following an ongoing investigation by detectives, charges have been filed against a 16-year-old male from Granite City police say was driving the car that ran over the victim. The juvenile is facing two felony charges: one count of reckless homicide and one count of failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death. He is in custody at the Madison County Detention Home in Edwardsville.
As of now, the case will remain in juvenile court; therefore, no further information will be released at this time. In juvenile court, potential penalties can range anywhere from supervision or probation to juvenile Department of Corrections.
This charge, as well as the statements made herein, is based on probable cause. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.