ALTON - A Cottage Hills youth died early Wednesday after the car in which he was riding missed a curve, left the road, hit an embankment and a tree and rolled.
Capt. Scott Waldrup of the Alton Police Department identified the victim as passenger Michael J. Hapgood, 17, of the 1100 block of Walnut Drive in Cottage Hills. A dog riding in the car also was killed.
The crash, involving a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, happened shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday on Hillcrest Avenue at Sheppard Street.
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