Fairview Heights teen dies af­ter crash

Belleville News-Democrat - - Front Page - BY MARY COO­LEY mcoo­[email protected]

A Fairview Heights teenager has died from his in­juries in a car crash Tues­day night near Belleville.

Kevin Pat­ter­son, 15, was a pas­sen­ger in the front seat of a car on Le­banon Av­enue when it was rear ended by a truck. The car then crashed through a fence and into a tree, ac­cord­ing to the St. Clair Sher­iff’s De­part­ment. Kevin Pat­ter­son later died at St. El­iz­a­beth’s Hos­pi­tal in O’Fal­lon.

The crash is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the driver of the truck is be­ing held at the St. Clair County Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

The crash was re­ported at about 10:30 p.m. near the 2100 block of Le­banon Av­enue be­tween Belleville and Shiloh, where the speed limit is 40 mph. A 2018 Chevro­let Mal­ibu, driven by an 18-yearold from Fairview Heights with three ju­ve­nile pas­sen­gers in­clud­ing Kevin, had run off the north side of the road where it went through a fence and struck a tree in the back­yard of 11 Las Olas Drive.

The driver, K’Vion Har­rold of Fairview Heights, and

PO­LICE SAY THE IN­VES­TI­GA­TION SHOULD BE COM­PLETE BY THE END OF THE WEEK

Kevin were taken to St. El­iz­a­beth’s Hos­pi­tal in O’Fal­lon.

The St. Clair Sher­iff’s De­part­ment said the Mal­ibu had been struck from be­hind by a 2008 Dodge Ram truck, which left the scene. That truck was later found and the 17-year-old boy from Belleville who was driv­ing the truck is in cus­tody.

The 16-year-old girl with him was re­leased, po­lice said.

Capt. Bruce Fleshren, of the St. Clair County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be com­plete by the end of the week.

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