Metro-East News

Collinsville woman’s traffic death under investigation

Police said Thursday they were investigating the traffic death of a 51-year-old Collinsville woman who died in a St. Louis hospital April 30 after being struck by a car on Illinois 159 the night before.

Collinsville Police Major Brett Boerm said investigators were still in the process of gathering evidence in Rene King’s death.

“This case is going to be presented to State’s Attorney’s office for charges — however these fatal accidents take time to investigate,” he said on Thursday. “There are certain things ... we need in order to present charges.”

He listed several aspects detectives were still looking into, including cell phone records, an accident reconstruction report and surveillance videos to estimate the speed of the vehicle that reportedly struck King.

Boerm also noted that the St. Louis medical examiner said it would eight to 16 weeks before a death report was completed. That report was expected to give insight into the cause of King’s death.

Boerm said the driver was not in custody Thursday, and did not release additional details.

King’s funeral service was held May 6 at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The American Legion Post 365 in Collinsville will hold a celebration of life for King at 2 p.m. May 21 at 1022 Vandalia St. in Collinsville.