Crime

June 13, 2014

Men charged in crashes that killed ESL woman, Sparta man

Two men have been charged in connection with two recent auto accidents that caused two deaths in St. Clair County.

Emanuel O. Brooks, 30, of 612 W. E St. in Belleville, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing an accident/death and reckless homicide. He is accused of causing a three-car crash Sunday at 17th Street and Bond Avenue in East St. Louis that claimed the life of 86-year-old East St. Louis resident Helen J. Bush.

William J. Welmon, 35, of 2203 E. 23rd St. in Granite City, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing a death and reckless homicide in connection with an early morning crash on April 18 along Illinois 4.

The vehicle rolled several times in a field near Mud Creek Road. Daniel Pocrnich, 31, of Sparta, was ejected and found trapped underneath the truck, which came to a rest on all four of its wheels. Pocrnich died of massive trauma to the head and neck.

Information about whether Brooks and Welmon had been arrested was not available Friday night.

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