A 24-year-old New Douglas man was charged Tuesday in connection with an accident that killed a Granite City woman in October.
Travis S. King was charged with one count of aggravated driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more resulting in the death of Geraldine Davis and one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
Prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday after receiving the toxicology reports that showed King, who multiple witnesses reported was driving recklessly at the time, had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit.
King allegedly was driving a 2004 Ford Mustang on eastbound Interstate 270 near mile post 14 about 8:15 a.m. Oct. 20 and rear-ended a truck in which Davis was a passenger. Davis, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Davis' daughter, Vera Davis, 27, also of Granite City, was driving the truck when the crash occurred. The younger Davis was injured in the crash that caused the pickup to overturn on the interstate and sent the Mustang down an embankment. Vera Davis was ejected from the truck and was taken to a St. Louis hospital, where she was treated and released.
Madison County State's Attorney Thomas Gibbons said his thoughts and prayers are with Vera Davis and the rest of Geraldine Davis' family.
"It's a tragedy that this woman's life was taken as a result of the defendant's actions," Gibbons said. "My office will work to see that the family gets justice and a sense of closure."
King, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was taken into custody after the issuance of the arrest warrant and remains in custody in the Madison County Jail. Bail for King was set at $60,000. He faces a maximum penalty of three to 14 years in prison on each charge.
According to Madison County court records, the estate of Geraldine Davis filed a lawsuit against King for negligence on Nov. 19.
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