Driver charged after man dies when SUV slams into Metro-East house

Driver charged after man dies when SUV slams into Metro-East house

Driver charged after man dies when SUV slams into Metro-East house

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 8:14 AM

MADISON COUNTY, IL (KMOV.com) - A Godfrey, IL man was charged on Tuesday for leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death after authorities say he drove a car into a house.

24-year-old Jacob Fickle is accused of driving  a car into a house in the 100 block of Saturn Drive close to 10:45 pm Saturday night. Authorities say 73-year-old Marlin Bushnell, who was inside the home at the time of the crash, was killed as a result.

Police say that Fickle was involved in domestic disturbance at his residence and  took the keys to a car that belonged to a family member. Fickle then proceeded to drive that car into the house on Saturn Drive.

Police say Fickle fled after the alleged incident and was caught in the parking lot of the Beer Barrel Pub in the 7200 block of Montclaire Avenue in Godfrey.

Fickle was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery for the alleged incident that took place at his home. Bond has been set at $150,000.

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