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Belleville man pleads not guilty six months after car kills teen

A 27-year-old Belleville man recently entered a not guilty plea in connection to an incident where a car struck and killed a local teenager.

The St. Clair County Coroner’s Office reported last October that Cameron Curran, 16, was pronounced dead soon after he was hit in the 6500 block of Old St. Louis Rd. in Belleville. Curran was riding a bicycle on the night of Oct. 11, 2015.

More than six months later, Illinois State Police arrested a suspect identified in court documents as Justin W. Schulte. Schulte was charged in St. Clair County Court with one felony count of reckless conduct/great bodily harm on May 2.

Schulte’s attorney Don Cary Collins said his client cooperated with state police when he was arrested April 29. A not guilty plea was filed by Collins on Friday in St. Clair County.

“It is an unfortunate incident, but from what I have knowledge of, I don’t know if there is anything that raises to the level of recklessness,” Collins said on Monday.

According to a criminal complaint, authorities believe Schulte was “acting in a reckless manner” on the night of the incident. Court documents say Schulte was driving a 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis on Old Saint Louis Rd. “at speeds excess of the speed limit.” Schulte’s car reportedly struck Curran while he was on his bicycle.

The defendant’s bail was set at $5,000. Schulte posted bond and is not in custody at this time, according to Collins.

The case has pending grand jury actions.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers

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