Metro-East News

Suspect in O’Fallon hit and run surrenders to police

Police say a motorist wanted in connection with a hit-and-run traffic crash that left the victim in critical condition has surrendered to police.

Lt. James Cavins would not reveal the motorist’s explanation for the crash, saying it was part of the investigation.

He said no charges are expected Monday.

“We still have an intensive investigation in front of us,” Cavins said. “It will take some time.”

Police were interviewing the suspect Monday. The identity of the suspect, who has not formally been charged in relation to the case, has not been released.

Police would not say if the person is a man or a woman. But Cavins said the suspect is being cooperative.

Police on Monday identified the victim, Stephen D. Vail, 35, of O’Fallon. He still remains in critical condition at a St. Louis area hospital, according to police.

The crash happened about 11:50 p.m. Friday on North Green Mount Road.

Cavins said police had video surveillance footage of the crash, and they were using it to put together a timeline. Vail was a pedestrian at the time he was struck by the motorist.

Police are still seeking information from anyone who may have seen the collision. They are asked to call 618-624-4545, ext. 3 to speak with someone in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.