A Rock Island County coroner's jury ruled Wednesday the Sept. 7 shooting death of a Rock Island teen was a homicide and a Port Byron woman's death in a November car crash was accidental.
Kion T. Lewis, 17, of Rock Island, was shot while at a residence in the 1000 block of 11th Avenue, Rock Island. Authorities believe he was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire when two groups quarreled over the purchase of a handgun near the residence.
The coroner's jury ruled Wednesday his death was a reckless homicide.
Five people have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Mr. Lewis' death: Andre Marcus Shaw, 28, of 1706 32nd St.; Jodan L. Murphy, 17, of 1035 13th Ave.; Kelvin D. Shaw, 30, of 832 14th 1/2 St., all of Rock Island; Lamont L. Williams, 18, of Moline; and Joseph L. Richardson Jr., 16, address unknown, who is charged as an adult.
In a separate inquest, the Nov. 4 death of Kathleen Buster, 21, of Port Byron, was deemed an accident.
Ms. Buster lost control of her car on a curve in the 5500 block of 230th Street North near Port Byron, according to testimony Wednesday. Ms. Buster was not wearing a seatbelt, and when her car went into a ditch, she was partially thrown from the open driver's side window and fatally injured when the vehicle rolled.
Ms. Buster had a blood-alcohol content of 0.281, according to testimony. Investigators believe she was going at or just under the speed limit of 55 mph when the crash occurred, and weather was not believed to be a factor.
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.