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Man accused in wreck that killed highway worker

BELLEVILLE – A southern Illinois man faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted of charges that accuse him of causing a wreck that killed a highway construction worker.

Prosecutors in St. Clair County have charged 35-year-old Michael Jeter of West Frankfort with four counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says Jeter was on a sedative, the sleep aid Ambien and an antihistamine at the time of the wreck last May on Interstate 64.

Authorities said the crash killed 38-year-old contract worker Dennis Beard of Pocahontas and injured three others who were waiting in the median to paint stripes on the freeway.

Online court records don't show whether Jeter has an attorney. A woman who answered Jeter's home telephone Monday said she had no comment.


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