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April 21, 2015

Granite City police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run

Belleville News-Democrat

Granite City police announced Tuesday that a suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred over the weekend on Illinois 203.

The suspect’s name was not released because charges are pending, said Major Ken Rozell in a news release.

Mark Scott Harris, 25, of St. Louis, was killed in the hit-and-run. His body was found about 8 a.m. Sunday along Illinois 203 near 21st Street, about five hours after investigators estimate he was hit along the side of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Monday, police were seeking a silver-gray two-door extended cab truck that they believed may have been involved in the incident. Later in the day, police announced that they had located the truck. Then on Tuesday morning, Granite City Police announced that they had made an arrest in the case.

Rozell, who is the assistant police chief, said investigators will present their case to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday. He said no further information will be released about the suspect until charges are filed.

Preliminary autopsy results show that blunt head trauma was the cause of Harris’ death, Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said in a news release Tuesday. Other injuries were noted, Nonn said, but were not fatal in and of themselves.

Archway Funeral Home in Hazelwood, Mo., will handle funeral arrangements.

The incident comes the same week that another hit-and-run fatal accident in Granite City came to its conclusion. Last fall 16-year-old Daniel Embrey was hit and killed on Edwardsville Road in Granite City, also a hit-and-run. On Monday, Son Thahn Nguyen, 26, of Madison pleaded guilty to failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death. He will be sentenced at a later date, but faces probation to 15 years in prison on the Class 1 felony charge.

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