April 23, 2015

Police: Hit-and-run driver was texting

Christina Coleman, KSDK 10:40 p.m. CDT April 22, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.10.57 AMGRANITE CITY, Ill. — A man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a Granite City man, and police say he was texting and driving at the time of the accident.

Travis Crain, 23, has been charged with reckless homicide and failure to report and accident involving personal injury or death.

Police say Crain was texting while driving sometime after 3:00 early Sunday morning when he hit 25-year-old Mark Harris. His truck was caught on surveillance video from a nearby business.

Harris’ aunt says he was walking alone on Edwardsville Road after leaving his girlfriend’s house. Harris was a well-known and well loved man who was a Pattonville High School football star and former Quincy University football player. Now, police say he’s one of the thousands who have been killed by a distracted driver.

Currently, 45 states including Illinois ban text messaging for all drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Missouri’s state law allows people to text and drive if they’re 21 years old and older, although some municipalities have banned texting and driving on their own.

Crain is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $750,000 bond.

A visitation for Harris will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Grace Church St. Louis, 2695 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. A funeral will follow at 10 a.m.

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