Crime

Man accused of being drunk, using phone in crash that killed mom on motorcycle

An Edwardsville man is facing several charges, including reckless homicide, in the traffic death of a motorcyclist in July.

Markia A. Ivy, 35, died as a result of the crash. She was the only surviving parent of a 12-year-old boy whose father died in a crash when the boy was 5.

Ivy was driving a motorcycle July 12 at about 8:30 p.m. at Wanda Road and New Poag Road when she was struck by a 2004 Buick Rainier.

Ivy was wearing a helmet, Capt. Mike Dixon of the sheriff’s office said, but died hours later from her injuries. The Buick’s driver was not injured in the crash.

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Markia Ivy, 35, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Edwardsville on Thursday night. Provided

Sheriff’s deputies say David S. Sterling, 50, of Edwardsville was driving the Buick; he has been charged with reckless homicide, unlawful use of an electronic device, aggravated driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more resulting in death and aggravated DUI resulting in death.

“Sterling was actively using a cell phone at the time of the accident,” Dixon said, citing the investigation.

Sterling was taken into custody immediately after the crash and submitted to toxicological testing, the sheriff’s office said.

Results of those tests, and results from an investigation by the Metro East Crash Assistance Team, were presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday. Charges were filed and Sterling turned himself in to the sheriff’s office.

Sterling was being held in Madison County Jail on Thursday morning on $100,000.

Her son, Malik Allen, plays baseball, football, basketball and track at Lincoln Middle School. His baseball coach, Sean McMeen, told the BND in July that the boy was a “tremendous athlete.”

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