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Fairview Heights business raising money for teen’s family after fatal accident

Fairview Heights Chik-fil-a announced on Facebook that a portion of Monday’s sales will be given to 15-year-old Kevin Patterson’s family.
Fairview Heights Chik-fil-a announced on Facebook that a portion of Monday’s sales will be given to 15-year-old Kevin Patterson’s family.

A Fairview Heights business held a fundraiser in memory of its teenage employee who died last week in a car accident.

Chik-fil-a announced on Facebook that a portion of Monday’s sales will be given to 15-year-old Kevin Patterson’s family.

“This week, we lost one of beloved Team Members, Kevin Patterson,” the post stated. “In memory of Kevin and his enthusiastic outlook on life, we ask that you join us for our Spirit Day, Monday, December 3rd. Please join us all day Monday for a great meal and outstanding service like Kevin would have provided, to support and honor him and his family in this time.”

Friday’s Facebook post had been shared more than 1,795 times by Monday morning.

Patterson was a passenger in the front seat of a car on Lebanon Avenue when it was rear ended by a truck Tuesday night. The car then crashed through a fence and into a tree, according to the St. Clair Sheriff’s Department. Kevin Patterson later died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon.

The 17-year-old boy who was driving the truck initially fled the scene. Police found him a short while later and he was taken into custody.

He was released from police custody Thursday because police do not believe he is a flight risk. The investigation into the accident is ongoing, St. Clair County Capt. Bruce Fleshren wrote in a news release.

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.

“We lost one of our young high school students in a car accident last night,” Culver said in a statement to the BND Wednesday night. “It is a deep tragedy that this life was cut short. Our sincere sympathies go out to his family, teachers, friends and fellow students.”

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Belleville News-Democrat news editor Dana Rieck was selected as Editor and Publisher’s “25 Under 35 Newspaper Leaders” for 2018 and works with the Online News Association in St. Louis. She attended Colorado State University and grew up in Loveland, Colorado.


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