BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A St. Louis man is accused of intentionally causing a pre-dawn wreck during a two-vehicle southwestern Illinois chase that ended with a teenager dead.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged 27-year-old Donald Friese with first-degree murder in the April 29 death of 18-year-old Mercedes Ferrarie-Troisi of Caseyville.
Illinois State Police have said Friese was driving one of two vehicles involved in a chase with each other. Police say both cars went out of control at a curve in Fairmont City and flipped. Ferrarie-Troisi was ejected and died at the scene. Police said Friese fled the scene.
As of Wednesday afternoon Friese was in custody in Jennings, Mo., on unrelated federal charges.
Bail on the murder count is set at $1 million.
It's not immediately clear if Friese has an attorney.
A St. Charles County man faces over three decades in prison for allegedly causing an accident that took the life of an unborn baby.
Prosecutors say Paul Murphy was under the influence of benzodiazepine--an anxiety and insomnia medication--when he hit the car carrying a pregnant woman on March 16. The woman was 19 weeks pregnant when the accident happened and she gave birth to a still born baby.
If convicted on all three counts of assault he faces, Murphy could spend 36 years behind bars.