Man faces charges in crash that killed area woman

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

An Ed­wardsville man is fac­ing sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing reck­less homi­cide, in the traf­fic death of a mo­tor­cy­clist in July.

Markia A. Ivy, 35, died as a re­sult of the crash. She was the only sur­viv­ing par­ent of a 12-year-old boy whose fa­ther died in a crash when the boy was 5.

Ivy was driv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle July 12 at about 8:30 p.m. at Wanda Road and New Poag Road when she was struck by a 2004 Buick Rainier.

Ivy was wear­ing a hel­met, Capt. Mike Dixon of the sher­iff’s of­fice said, but died hours later from her in­juries. The Buick’s driver was not in­jured in the crash.

Sher­iff’s deputies say David S. Ster­ling, 50, of Ed­wardsville was driv­ing the Buick; he has been charged with reck­less homi­cide, un­law­ful use of an elec­tronic de­vice, ag­gra­vated driv­ing with a blood al­co­hol level of 0.08 or more re­sult­ing in death and ag­gra­vated DUI re­sult­ing in death.

“Ster­ling was ac­tively us­ing a cell phone at the time of the ac­ci­dent,” Dixon said, cit­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ster­ling was taken into cus­tody im­me­di­ately af­ter the crash and sub­mit­ted to tox­i­co­log­i­cal test­ing, the sher­iff’s of­fice said.

Re­sults of those tests, and

re­sults from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Metro East Crash As­sis­tance Team, were pre­sented to the Madi­son County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice on Wed­nes­day. Charges were filed and Ster­ling turned him­self in to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Ster­ling was be­ing held in Madi­son County Jail on Thurs­day morn­ing on $100,000.

Her son, Ma­lik Allen, plays base­ball, foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and track at Lin­coln Mid­dle School. His base­ball coach, Sean McMeen, told the BND in July that the boy was a “tremen­dous ath­lete.”

David Ster­ling

Markia Ivy

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