Authorities identify East St. Louis man killed by hit-and-run driver

2012-10-05T10:30:00Z 2013-02-12T13:42:06Z Authorities identify East St. Louis man killed by hit-and-run driverBY JOEL CURRIER 314-340-8256

EAST ST. LOUIS • The St. Clair County Coroner's Office today identified a man killed Wednesday night by a hit-and-run driver as Orlando Wilson, 48, of the 3000 block of Audubon Drive in East St. Louis.

Wilson was struck and killed about 8:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 2500 block of Argonne Drive by a Jeep Cherokee that fled the scene, police say.

Wilson was pronounced dead at the crash scene, police said. The crash occurred less than a mile from Wilson's home.

The driver kept going after the crash, and police found the Jeep a few blocks away with a passenger still inside, police said. Investigators were able to find the driver's mother, who persuaded her son to turn himself in.

Police say they plan to present the case to prosecutors soon.

Wilson's mother, Gail Edwards, 63, said her son was walking to the MetroLink station on his way to his girlfriend's home in Belleville when he was hit.

She said her son was the father of three daughters. She said his primary interest was working on cars.

Edwards said she is struggling to understand why someone would keep driving after hitting someone with a car.

"That was horrible," she said of the crash. "How can they hit someone and then go somewhere and hide? How can they do that?"

The fatal crash was just 12 hours after 41-year-old Maxsimillion Quarles Gaston was struck and killed while driving in East St. Louis by a man who stole an East St. Louis police car, police say. That man was released from St. Louis University Hospital and in custody of the Illinois State Police.

Charges are pending against both suspects, police said.

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Joel Currier is a breaking news reporter for and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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