Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hit-And-Run Teen Suspect That Killed Darion Griffin, 2, Confesses: "I Was Scared" (UPDATE)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge Darion Griffin. - VIA KTVI
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  • Darion Griffin.

Update below: A seventeen-year-old male who fled the scene of a crash that killed a two-year-old boy Sunday night has turned himself in, St. Louis county cops say. Charges are expected later today. Our original coverage of the accident is below.

Police spokesman Randy Vaughn tells Daily RFT that the suspect who fled in an SUV -- which he later abandoned in the city -- showed up to the police department yesterday and confessed, saying that he tried to avoid hitting the boy. He also said, "The reason I left was because I was scared," Vaughn says.

Meanwhile, the family of two-year-old Darion* Griffin is grieving after the Spanish Lake crash left him dead at a hospital shortly after the collision and also injured his seventeen-year-old aunt who tried to rescue him.

The teenage suspect is currently in custody after turning himself in at the Moline Acres Police Department. Warrants should be issued early this afternoon, police say.

click to enlarge Family mourning in Spanish Lake. - VIA KTVI
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  • Family mourning in Spanish Lake.

Police yesterday were able to locate the 2013 White Dodge Durango at the 4400 block of Carter Avenue in the Penrose neighborhood. Soon after that, the suspect came in and confessed.

Police officials have not yet identified the suspect or offered details about where he is from or what charges he might face.

Some neighbors witnessed the gruesome crash.

"The car was coming down, and boom, he was underneath," one neighbor told the Post-Dispatch. "It ran him over, and people were screaming."

Meanwhile, the two-year-old's aunt suffered a concussion, bruises and a broken toe, KTVI (Channel 2) reports.

The suspect turned himself in after Griffin's mourning grandmother Alexandria Goree pleaded via the media for the driver responsible for the boy's death to come forward.

Update 2, 1:19 p.m.: County police have just issued charges against the seventeen-year-old suspect, which officials have now identified as Charles Guice, who lives on Nemnich Avenue in north county.

Here's his mugshot:

Charles Guice. - COUNTY POLICE
  • County police
  • Charles Guice.

Guice was charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident, which is a class D felony. A $50,000 bond was set, police say.

*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly spelled the victim's name based on an error in an early police report.

Continue below for our original coverage of the crash.

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