Teen faces 7 counts in Cahokia boy's hit-and-run death

News-DemocratJuly 18, 2013 

The teen accused of killing a 9-year-old Cahokia boy in a hit-and-run last week has been charged with several crimes, including reckless homicide and obstruction of justice.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly on Thursday announced charges against three people in connection with the hit-and-run that killed Fabian Teason, who was riding his bike when he was struck on July 11. Fabian died July 13 at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis of the injuries he sustained.

A funeral service was held for Fabian Thursday night.

Kevin Powell, 17, of Washington Park, was the driver of the vehicle that struck Fabian a week ago in the 2400 block of Lorraine Avenue near Cahokia, according to the charges. Powell is accused of not stopping after he struck Fabian.

Powell was charged with failure to report an accident that resulted in death, reckless homicide, obstruction of justice, driving without a license, two counts of failing to reduce speed and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, Kelly said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Devan Harris, 17, of Cahokia, was charged with obstruction of justice for inducing a witness to conceal himself and obstruction of justice for concealing a vehicle.

Alysa Sherwood, 25, of Washington Park, is the owner of the vehicle and is charged with renting a motor vehicle to an unauthorized person.

For several days, investigators looked long and hard for the vehicle and the person who was driving the vehicle. Police found the vehicle parked in St. Louis on Sunday.

On Wednesday, St. Clair County Sheriff's Department investigators located Powell hiding in a residence in Washington Park.

"Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Coffin from the Children's Justice Division worked very closely with investigators to get the case to this point," Kelly said.

Sheriff Richard "Rick" Watson praised his investigators for their dedication and hard work in getting closure in this case.

"Our goal was to try to bring closure to this case prior to the boy being laid to rest," Watson said. "We were successful in that. We did our job. But, at the end of the day, there are no winners in this. We have a little boy dead and a 17-year-old who will have to live with this the rest of his life. It's truly tragic.

"Members of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department pursued this investigation from the minute it began to this very conclusion, totaling eight days and countless hours. We were determined to be the voice and seekers of justice for Fabian."

The bail for Powell was set at $100,000. Harris' bail was set at $20,000 and Sherwood's at $30,000.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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