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Man charged in fatal Belleville crash, cries in courtroom

Driver killed in crash on Mascoutah Avenue

One driver died in a fatal crash Friday morning, March 10, on Mascoutah Avenue in Belleville IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO.
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One driver died in a fatal crash Friday morning, March 10, on Mascoutah Avenue in Belleville IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO.

An Irvington man has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with a crash on Mascoutah Avenue on March 10 that left a Belleville woman dead and closed the road for about four hours.

Steven A. Conklin, 35, was charged Thursday with reckless homicide with a motor vehicle, driving while license was revoked, and obstruction of justice. His bail was set at $100,000.

According to the charges filed, Conklin recklessly drove a Dodge Ram along Mascoutah Avenue, crossed the center turn lane onto oncoming traffic, and collided with a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Amelita Milburn.

Milburn died of her injuries a few hours after the crash, at a local hospital.

Belleville Police also said Conklin “removed contraband items from the cab of (the) Dodge Ram 1500 and discarded said contraband items in a storm culvert.”

He also was charged with a violation of an order of protection by the O’Fallon Police Department.

His bail in that case was set at $5,000.

When the charges were being read to Conklin at the St. Clair County Courthouse on Thursday, he fell to his knees and cried.

Police personnel then had him sit in a chair.

Associate Judge Janet Hormburg said she would appoint a public defender for Conklin.

“I don’t need no lawyer,” Conklin said.

Prior to Thursday’s hearing, Conklin said he would post bond, and drag out the case.

“When I go to prison, it won’t matter,” Conklin said.

He added that he tries to help people in need and donates money he earns.

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