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Hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge of failure to report an accident

Twenty-four-year-old Madison, Illinois resident Travis Crain, who allegedly struck and killed 25-year-old East St. Louis resident Mark Harris on his way home from a bar, pleaded guilty on Friday, February 19, to one count of failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death. This plea was part of a prosecution agreement to drop a charge of reckless homicide and to seek no more than a 10-year imprisonment term for Cain.

The accident happened along the side of Illinois Route 203 at around 7:46 a.m. on April 19, 2015.

Police investigators were able to track down the vehicle described as the one seen at the accident site to Crain’s house by compiling a list of all owners of similar-looking vehicles within the area.

Local authorities said that even though Crain admitted to having been at the bar near the accident site, the time that had passed when he was arrested on April 20 and submitted to a breathalyzer test made the results of such testing unusable.