Teen gets 5 years in traffic crash that killed boy near Cahokia

News-DemocratJanuary 14, 2014 

A judge sentenced a Washington Park teenager Tuesday to five years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a 9-year-old boy near Cahokia.

Fabian Teson was hit by a vehicle on July 11 while he was riding a bike in the 2400 block of Lorraine Drive. Fabian died from his injuries on July 13 at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.

Kevin K. Powell, 18, pleaded guilty to felony reckless homicide and failure to report an accident involving death.

St. Clair County Judge Robert Haida sentenced Powell to five years in the Department of Corrections and five years of probation upon his release.

The following charges were dismissed: felony obstructing justice by destruction of evidence, felony driving without a valid driver's license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and two counts of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Powell was 17 years old at the time of the crash.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department responded about 12:30 p.m. Thursday to reports that a child was struck in a hit-and-run.

Four days after the crash, the Sheriff's Department seized the suspect vehicle, which was parked in St. Louis.

Investigators then found the registered owner, a passenger who was in the suspect vehicle at the time of the crash and Powell.

The passenger, 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. Harris' case is set for a jury trial in March.

Alysa Sherwood, 25, of Washington Park, the owner of the vehicle, was convicted and sentenced to 62 days for permitting an unauthorized person to drive her vehicle and on 18 months of probation for felony obstructing justice.

The other count of obstructing justice and renting a motor vehicle to an unauthorized person were dismissed.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BNDJLee.

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