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Mary Drayton

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A couple killed Monday night as they were walking already named the baby girl they were expecting, were buying baby clothes and preparing the nursery.

"Everything is ready," said Susan Drayton, whose pregnant, 18-year-old daughter, Mary, was killed in the accident along with the baby's father. "All we were waiting for was March 11."

That's when Mary Drayton would have been due to deliver the baby, Miley. Also killed was her boyfriend, Jerimiah C. Phelps, 30, who was the baby's father.

They were hit by a vehicle as they were walking to a friend's house about 9:30 p.m. Monday night in the 3100 block of Missouri Avenue, roughly half a mile south of Pontoon Road in Granite City, said Granite City Police Maj. Jeff Connor. The 27-year-old driver of the car that struck and killed the couple is being questioned, police said.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18, 2007
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