St. Louis man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed boy in Pagedale

2012-10-08T15:15:00Z 2012-10-09T22:09:28Z St. Louis man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed boy in PagedaleBY DENISE HOLLINSHED • dhollinshed@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8319 stltoday.com

UPDATED at 3:20 p.m. Monday with booking photo and criminal charge filed against hit-and-run suspect.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • Prosecutors today charged a St. Louis man with leaving the scene of a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy in Pagedale and seriously injured his brother.

Ricky R. Weeden, 54, of the 4900 block of San Francisco Avenue in St. Louis, was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He was jailed in St. Louis County in lieu of a $50,000 cash bail.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash, authorities say. The case is expected to be presented to a St. Louis County grand jury for additional possible charges.

Weeden has a history of DWI convictions for arrests in 2010 and 2003.

A 2001 Chevrolet Silverado that police believe was involved in Friday night's fatal hit-and-run in Pagedale was found Sunday at Weeden's home in St. Louis, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Weeden was arrested in St. Louis County.

Two boys, ages 10 and 4, were struck by a truck as they tried to cross St. Charles Rock Road at Salerno Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, the patrol said. The truck was heading west and took off after hitting the boys.

The patrol said Trayeshon Williams, 4, died at the scene. Jayshard Conner, 10, was taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital, where his condition was upgraded to good Monday.

Neighbors said the boys were being watched by their grandfather while their mother was working a night shift.

Felicia Williams, 30, the boys’ mother, said she was glad the driver had been found.

“I was wondering how they could do it and keep going and leave my babies in the road,” she said. “I just went crazy when they told me.”

At the same time, Williams said, “I don’t want to have any anger in my heart. I teach my kids to love and say you can’t hate anybody. But I hate what happened and I am hurting real bad and my child is gone. ... He was my angel.”

Williams said that she and her father — called Papa by her sons — were raising the boys and that they were all very close.

She had put on some chili for the boys the night of the accident, and her father was finishing cooking it after she went to her job at St. Louis Regional Psychiatric Stabilization Center at 5355 Delmar Boulevard. The boys went across the street to the store as they often do, possibly for crackers and maybe for candy.

Williams said her older son was out of critical care with a broken leg Sunday night and was beginning physical therapy.

She broke the news to her older son who was in bed at the hospital Saturday night.

“It will always hurt my heart so bad,” Williams said. “I will always want my son.”

Williams said her family was grateful to the public for their prayers and help as well as to Pagedale and St. Louis police and the Highway Patrol for their efforts.

On Sunday, a single brown teddy bear was attached to a pole in front of their apartment in the 1400 block of Salerno Drive. A candlelight vigil for the boys will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the site of the hit-and-run, at St. Charles Rock Road and Salerno Drive.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Joel Currier, Margaret Gillerman and Kim Bell of the Post-Dispatch staff contributed to this report.

 

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