Charges to be upgraded in hit and run case

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McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers says he will file more serious charges against a suspected drunk driver after a deadly hit and run last week.

Chambers said 32-year old Steven Mccuen will face a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing an accident involving a fatality. 

16-year old Dale Nelson died late Monday night at a OSF Childrens Hospital, after doctors removed him from life support.

He was hit while riding his bike with friends along Six Points Road in Bloomington. The Mccuen is the driver accused of then fleeing the scene.

Chambers says the new charge could put Mccuen in jail for a four-to-15-year prison sentence, if convicted. Previous DUI convictions means he could be eligible for a 30-year sentence. 

Acccording to our news partner WJBC, prosecutors say Mccuen had six to seven beers at a local bar before driving, and bar workers told investigators he appeared to be intoxicated.

Mccuen reportedly told police he had seen several bicyclists and accidentally hit one of them on Six Points Road last Monday night.  He allegedly told authorities he panicked and fled the area, but wanted to know if the bicylist he hit was ok.  

Court records indicate Mccuen has two prior drunk driving convictions and a pending DUI case in Logan County.   He’s being held on 750-thousand dollars bond, meaning he has to post 75-thousand dollars to be released while awaiting trial.

The State’s Attorney’s office says they expect Mccuen to be indited on the new charge by the end of the week.

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