Suspect charged in hit-and-run that killed child, injured another


by staff

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:43 AM

PAGEDALE, Mo. ( – Authorities have charged a suspect in connection with a hit-and-run wreck in Pagedale that left one child dead and another in serious condition on Friday.

Ricky Weeden, 54, was charged Monday with felony leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said Weeden was arrested at a friend’s house in Ferguson around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Highway Patrol officials say Weeden’s vehicle was located in St. Louis City on Saturday.

Authorities said 4-year-old Trayeshon Williams and 10-year-old Jayshard Conner were crossing St. Charles Rock Road to buy crackers from a gas station Friday night when they were hit by a truck.

The boys were transported to Children’s Hospital, where Trayeshon later died.

Friends of the family say Jayshard suffered multiple broken bones in the collision. His health appeared to be improving Saturday, but he was upgraded to serious condition on Sunday.

Police said a tipster told authorities Friday night she may know the driver of the truck.

Authorities said they ran Weeden’s name and visited the address in his file. That’s where they found a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado.

Police said they showed the truck to a person who witnessed fatal wreck. The witness confirmed the Silverado was the one they had seen drive off from the initial scene.

Authorities said they expected more charges to be filed in the case.