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Madison man pleads to hit-and-run death; prosecutor says he was texting

Travis Crain
Travis Crain

A Madison man has plead guilty to failing to report a fatal accident in April, and faces up to eight years in prison.

Mark Harris, 25, of St. Louis was killed in a hit-and-run in Granite City in April. Police responded to a 911 call and found Harris dead in the roadway, near the 2500 block of Edwardsville Road.

Travis Crain, now 24, was arrested and charged three days later, on April 22. His truck, a 2004 silver Dodge Dakota, had been identified using surveillance video. The investigation found that Crain was texting while driving sometime after 3 a.m. when his vehicle hit Harris, who was walking along Edwardsville Road.

Crain was originally charged with reckless homicide and failing to report a fatal accident.

Following a pre-sentencing investigation, he is to be sentenced by Associate Judge Jennifer Hightower. The sentence for failing to report an accident involving personal injury or death ranges from probation to 8 years in prison, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said, “The death of Mr. Harris is a tragic reminder of why it’s so important for drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road.”