Boy Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

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In St. Louis County, a man is accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy in Pagedale and has not driven a car legally in nearly two decades.

On October 5, 2012 at approximately at 7:33 p.m., Trayeshon Williams, age 4 from St. Louis, Missouri and Jayshard Conner, age 10 from St. Louis, were walking along westbound on Missouri 180.

Trayeshon and Jayshard were walking along Missouri 180, heading in the westbound direction, and were crossing the 7300 block of St. Charles Rock Road from north to south when an unknown vehicle and driver struck both pedestrians. The unknown driver left the scene of the crash.

Trayeshon Williams was pronounced dead by Christian Hospital paramedic, Monica Emde, and later transported to the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office. Jayshard Conner suffered serious injuries after the hit-and-run and was taken by Christian Hospital ambulance to the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Jayshard Conner upgraded to a stable condition on October 8th.

Authorities suspected the unknown motorist as Ricky Weeden, age 54 of St. Louis, who killed Trayeshon Williams in the hit-and-run accident. Weeden is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash and court records indicate that he hasn’t had a valid driver’s license for nearly 20 years. Ricky Weeden’s driver’s license was revoked in April 1993 for refusing to take a breath test during a traffic stop, according to driver’s license records. Weeden has been convicted for driving while intoxicated six more times since then. Records also show that Ricky Weeden was involved in a 1983 crash in St. Louis that killed two people.

Two of Ricky Weeden’s convictions since he lost his license in 1993 have been felonies labeling him as a persistent offender. And by Missouri Law, a persistent offender is defined as a person with at least two previous DWI convictions or has been involved in an alcohol-related crash that injured or killed someone. Weeden also has multiple violations for speeding, running stop signs, and driving without a license.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of troop C.

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