Man charged with reckless homicide in connection with man found in road

MADISON, ILL. - A man has been charged in connection with an unconscious man found in the street in Madison, Illinois, Sunday, April 9.

The Major Case Squad was activated Thursday, a day after the man who was found unconscious in the middle of Big Bend Road in Madison Illinois this weekend died.

Terrance J. Smith — a 24-year-old Cahokia, Illinois, resident — was charged with reckless homicide, aggravated fleeing, attempting to elude a police officer and driving with a revoked license. His bond was set at $200,000.

Nicholas L. Roberts, 27, was found unconscious and suffering obvious signs of trauma in the middle of the road Sunday morning by officers with the Madison Police Department. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead Wednesday.

Police said the two men left a night club in Brooklyn, Illinois, in the early morning hours of April 9 with Smith behind the wheel and Roberts in the car. A few minutes after they left, an officer attempted to pull Terrance Smith over, but her he fled.

The officer stopped his pursuit due to hazardous conditions. Less than a mile from where the officer stopped his pursuit is where Roberts' body was found. Police said evidence showed Roberts either "exited, or was extracted from" the car, when he probably hit his head on the street, leading to his death.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the Madison City Police Department at (618) 876-4300.

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