A mother and a girlfriend are passionately defending the defendant after he fatally struck a woman with his SUV outside of a local North Charleston Mall past Tuesday.
The location of the accident was outside of the Northwoods Mall, where the 32-year-old defendant hit the 76-year-old mall-goer outside in the parking lot just a little before 11:00 a.m.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has concluded that the injuries sustained from the impact of the SUV into the elderly woman, was in fact the cause of death.
According the defendant, he was leaving the gym located in the same complex as the mall and he was headed for Trident Tech, where he is attempting to obtain his associate’s degree in business.
The defendant claims that he did not see the pedestrian, and quickly called the police as soon as the accident occurred. According to a 911 dispatcher, the defendant exclaimed “Hey! could I have a police at Northwoods Mall,” there’s an emergency, it was an accident. Need EMS too…she’s bleeding real bad.”
The man stayed by the woman, and seemed to genuinely care of this disastrous situation. He has been offering the victim’s family as much support as possible, although he is probably the last person the family wants to hear from right now. Remorse is admirable however.
When the police arrived, they found the victim’s body lying in the roadway in a pool of her blood. She was immediately transported to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she shortly after perished.
A new bit of evidence has been introduced however, when mechanics told the police that the SUV the defendant was driving may of had brakes they were “inoperable” and desperately in need of new rooter in the front.
It is the driver’s duty to maintain his vehicle so accidents like this don’t happen. The defendant may have had no intent to injury the elderly woman; however his lack of restoration on his vehicle’s necessaries can be attributed to the accident. The defendant claims that he did not see the elderly woman until it was too late, so it is up to the fact-finder to determine if the brakes would have made a difference in this particular accident or not.
Summarily, the defendant was given a $100,000 bond on a charge of reckless homicide.
If you have been charged with a DUI or reckless homicide in South Carolina, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999, for more information on how we can help you with your case.