FLORENCE — Kadarius Ingram, 14, said he saw a truck run off the road and hit the garbage can in front of his house Monday night and then he saw his brother lying in the yard.
Ingram on Wednesday testified before Lauderdale County District Judge Carole Medley during a revocation hearing for James O’Neal Wilson. Wilson is accused of driving the truck that hit Da’Santo “Tae” Ingram, 13. Tae Ingram died that night from his injuries.
Kadarius Ingram said he was outside playing hide and seek with Tae and other children when his mother called for them to come into the house soon.
A short time later he saw a truck with a red hood hit the garbage can in front of his house. Then he saw his brother, he said.
“We heard a boom and we came outside and I saw the taillights of a truck going by,” said Charles Butler, the Ingrams’ neighbor. Butler said a couple of hours earlier, he saw the truck go past his house toward the Underwood Dixie Youth complex driving “like a bat out of hell.” Butler said he has known Wilson for years.
Wilson, 42, 1305 Sunnyside St., Florence, is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
Authorities said he is accused of running off the road and hitting Tae Ingram about 7:30 p.m. outside the residence on Hendrix Road, in the Underwood community north of Florence.
Tae, a seventh-grader at Central High School, died at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.
Wilson was out of jail on bond of $3,500 for charges of public intoxication and unlawful possession of a controlled substance from a June arrest at the time of the accident.
After hearing testimony, Medley revoked Wilson’s bond, which means he will stay in jail until the case goes to court.
“(The victims’) family are in shock right now and they wanted (Wilson) off the streets,” Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said. “This will keep him in jail until the conclusion of the case.”
About 90 minutes after the accident, Florence police located the truck parked behind a residence on Industry Street and took Wilson into custody.
State Trooper James Howard, a traffic homicide investigator with the Quad-Cities State Troopers Post, said pieces of the truck were found at the scene of the accident.
He said the truck’s damage was consistent with one that had been in an accident. He said it had damage to the passenger side as well as the front grill and hood.
Howard said Wilson was taken to ECM Hospital after he told troopers that he had taken a lot of sleeping pills. Also, during his testimony, Howard told Medley that Wilson made a statement acknowledging he had been in a wreck.
Officials said Wilson was traveling east on Hendrix Road when he left the roadway, hit the garbage can and the boy and then pulled back onto the road.
“(Wilson) said he had struck a mailbox,” Howard said. “There was a mailbox close to the path where the vehicle traveled when it came off the roadway and struck the garbage can.”
Connolly said more charges are pending.
He said urine and blood samples were taken from Wilson and are being evaluated by the department of forensics to see if Wilson was under the influence of something when the accident occurred.
“We will let the forensics lead us,” Connolly said in regard to more charges.
Wilson’s defense attorney, Jamy Poss, of Florence, declined to comment on the case other than to say, “It’s a sad situation for everyone. There are no winners in this for either side.”
Medley set Dec. 10 for a preliminary hearing on the case.
A fund has been set up at Listerhill Credit Union to help Ingram’s family with expenses. Donations can be made at any area Listerhill branch.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.