A 17-year-old boy was released from police custody Thursday following a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a Fairview Heights teenager Tuesday night.
The teen driver was released to his parents and is not considered a flight risk, St. Clair County Capt. Bruce Fleshren wrote in a news release.
Illinois law requires minors to be charged or released with 40 hours of arrest, according to Fleshren.
The teen was arrested shortly after the crash was reported at about 10:30 p.m. near the 2100 block of Lebanon Avenue between Belleville and Shiloh, where the speed limit is 40 mph.
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The car that was struck, a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, was driven by an 18-year-old from Fairview Heights and had as passengers three juveniles, including Kevin Patterson, who was in the front seat.
After it was struck, the Malibu went through a fence and struck a tree in the backyard of 11 Las Olas Drive.
Patterson, 15, and the driver, K’Vion Harrold of Fairview Heights, were taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. Patterson later died.
“Both offices agreed that it was better to issue charges based on a complete knowledge of all evidence, rather than charge an offense now, and then have to amend or enhance that charge when more evidence is returned later,” Fleshren wrote in the release, referring to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office.
Charges will be applied for upon completion of the investigation, Fleshren wrote.
Patterson was a high school student at East St. Louis High School. Arthur R. Culver, the superintendent of District 189, said school crisis teams were mobilized on Wednesday morning and would continue to provide grief support as needed.