A $50,000 bond was set Friday for the man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of an 8-year-old who was struck while crossing the street to board his school bus.
Scott W. Hancock, 20, has been in jail since Dec. 9, the day Jaidyn Williams was hit on Belair Road. According to his attorney, Rodney Quesenberry, Hancock said he saw the bus but didn’t see the flashing lights, which would indicate the presence of children.
On Friday in Richmond County Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols told the judge that the bus driver reported the lights were on and the stop sign was extended. The driver saw Hancock coming from the opposite direction without slowing down, even after the driver started blowing the horn and waving out the window to try to catch Hancock’s attention, Nichols said.
Jaidyn was taken to the hospital immediately but never regained consciousness. He died 17 days later.
Hancock has no previous criminal conviction or driving offenses. Quesenberry asked the judge to set bond for Hancock, who is still in high school and lives with his parents.
On behalf of the state, Nichols opposed bond because of the seriousness of the charge and the death of an 8-year-old child.
Senior Judge Albert M. Pickett called the case tragic but said it was an appropriate case for bond. As a condition of bond, Hancock will not be allowed to drive.