Drunken driver sentenced in death of Granite City woman

News-DemocratMarch 3, 2014 

— A New Douglas man was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday in the fatal drunken-driving crash that killed one woman and severely injured another.

Travis S. King, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated drunk driving in a fatal accident. On Oct. 20, King had rear-ended a pickup truck at the interchange of Interstates 270 and 55 near Troy.

The crash killed 62-year-old Geraldine Davis of Granite City, who was a passenger in the truck. Her daughter, Vera Davis, was driving the truck and was injured.

Prosecutors said the toxicology reports showed that King had a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08, and multiple witnesses reported he was driving recklessly.

Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli sentenced King to eight years in prison, of which he must serve 85 percent. Prosecutors had asked for 12 years, and the charge itself could have entailed 3-14 years.

King had been out on bail, and was taken into custody after the sentencing, according to state's attorney spokesman Stephanee Smith.

Geraldine Davis was the former owner of the Luna Cafe in Mitchell and retired from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's food service in 2006, according to her obituary. She was survived by four children and seven granchildren.

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