Man charged in Granite City fatal hit and run

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Travis Crain.

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a 23-year-old Madison man in connection with a fatal hit and run accident in Granite City over the weekend.

Granite City police were called to an accident scene on Route 203 on Sunday, April 19 just after 7:45 a.m. Authorities found the body of 25-year-old Mark Harris Jr. of St. Louis.

It was determined Harris was the victim of a hit and run.

According to court documents, police used surveillance video from the area and identified the vehicle responsible, a 2004 silver Dodge Dakota. Investigators tracked down the owner of the vehicle, Travis Crain.

Prosecutors allege Crain was traveling on Route 203 after 3 a.m. on Sunday when he struck Harris, who had been walking along the roadway. Crain was supposedly texting while driving.

Crain was charged with failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death and reckless homicide. He remains in custody at Madison County Jail on $750,000 bond.

If convicted, Crain faces between four and 15 years imprisonment for the first charge, and two to five years on the second.

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