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

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via KTVI
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.

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via KTVI
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:

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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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hoffmannlawfirm
hoffmannlawfirm

Hit & Run Car Accidents.  Drivers leave the scene of an accident out of fear, no license, no insurance, outstanding warrant or traffic citation, and if uninsured.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Two year old should NOT have been in the street=stupid action #1. The driver had no driver's license=stupid action #2. He fled the scene =stupid action #3. So much wrong with this story. Where are the parent's of these children that are out wandering in the roads?

Maria Arcobasso
Maria Arcobasso

From what I understand it was 8:30 and the baby was walking across the street with his Aunt. They were at the end of the driveway when this happened. There's nothing out of the ordinary about that! All of you are so tainted and skeptical! This guy fucked up. In a horrible way. Why in the world are you making 'being scared' and excuse? Why does he have to be high or drunk? Is it possible that he's simply a young person who was driving too fast? I know I've gone over the speed limit. I was just not unlucky enough to have hurt someone. I believe that I'd stop, but I'm not in the situation. This is tragic, stop making it worse. It seems like everyone wants to speculate about how bad of a person he is, this could happen to you, you aren't better then anyone.

Peter En Passant Stewart
Peter En Passant Stewart

#1 excuse for running from the cops on COPS... (I was scared) c'mon now. Only thinking about himself instead of trying to help the person he just killed.

Matt Ferch
Matt Ferch

Why was a 2yr old in the street? The story doesn't seem to explain that part.

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

He fled because he was scared, and he later turned himself in... I have to at least respect that. He thought about it, wised up, and did the right thing in the end. He should be punished for his actions. They had very serious consequences. I'm sure he feels miserable that he ended a life. Hopefully he can do his time, and give back to the community. Talk to other teens about his mistake and help prevent others from doing the same.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Good. One less asshole on the street. Poor little guy. My condolences to his family. This should NEVER happen.

Chad Hanebrink
Chad Hanebrink

Grew up on that street. It wasn't uncommon for people to come flying down it 50-60 mph, considering it was on a 25 mph residential street.

James Wright
James Wright

That area is run like a police state so it shouldn't be hard to find this thing. There are only a few ways in and out of noco.

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