2 accused of falsely implicating girl, 15, in fatal downtown hit-and-run
Trena Williams, 17, (R) and Dontae Jackson, 18, (L) are facing charges of filing a false report in connection to a fatal hit-and-run accident outside the Broadway Oyster Bar last month.
Trena Williams, 17, is facing a charge of making a false report for telling authorities an unnamed person was driving the car when it fatally struck Bapi Gupta, according to court documents.
(Credit: Bapi Gupta/Facebook)
Police believe this red car was the second vehicle to hit Bapi Gupta near the Broadway Oyster Bar
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – An 18-year-old is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, making a false report and leaving the scene of an accident related to the fatal hit-and-run of Bapi Gupta in the early morning hours of June 28.
Dontae Jackson is accused of driving the vehicle that struck Gupta on Broadway and Gratoit at a high rate of speed. Following the accident, Jackson allegedly knowingly gave false information to a police officer that a different person was driving the vehicle that struck Gupta, for the purpose of implicating them in a crime, namely involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.
Trena Williams, 17, is also facing a charge of making a false report for telling authorities an unnamed person was driving the car when it fatally struck Gupta, according to court documents.
On July 10, police said a 15-year-old girl was taken into custody in connection to the fatal hit-and-run. It is unclear if the teenager was the one allegedly falsely implicated by the two suspects. Authorities have not released any other information about her arrest.
Police later released surveillance photos of two vehicles and a video showing the vehicles just moments before Gupta was hit. According to police, further investigation revealed the second vehicle, described as a maroon sedan and found to be a Jeep, did not strike Gupta.
Shortly after the accident, Matt Ratz, who worked with Gupta at Jimmy John’s said, “From what I know, he has a fractured skull. He’s in a coma. That’s what I’ve gathered from talking to his roommate.”
Ratz had a simple message for the drivers.
“Everybody makes mistakes. Come forward. I’m speechless, a hit and run like that boggles my mind. Please come forward,” Ratz said.
According to a post on Gupta’s Facebook page, there was a fundraiser last Monday night at the Lucky Buddha, located at 3701 South Jefferson Avenue. There was also a memorial celebration for Gupta scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday in the Soulard area.
A GoFund Me page was set up for Gupta. You can learn more by clicking here.
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