Driver accused of misdemeanor vehicular homicide granted bond



An Augusta man indicted on misdemeanor charges of vehicular homicide in the deaths of two teens was granted a $30,000 bond Thursday.

William A. Shores, 22, is accused of causing the deaths of Michael Perry, 17, and Sarah Riffe, 13, on March 2, 2011, on McCombs Road in Hephzibah.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Land told the judge Thursday that the teens were walking on the eastbound lane of McCombs Road when Shores’ vehicle, also traveling in the eastbound lane, hit them. According to the Georgia State Patrol investigation, officers believe the evidence will show that Shores was driving 58 mph in a 40-mph zone.

After the accident, Shores consented to a blood test for drugs and alcohol. Although the toxicology report revealed the presence of marijuana and amphetamine, the low levels of the drugs do not prove intoxication or even whether the substances were ingested the day of the crash, Land said.

By law, a person charged with misdemeanor offenses is entitled to bond.

Assistant Public Defender Lyndsey Hix told the judge that Shores had just started a new job before his arrest and that he helps support and care for his ailing father.

Shores is on probation for a federal narcotics conviction.

Judge J. Wade Padgett granted the bond. As a special condition, the judge told Shores he could not drive a vehicle until the case is concluded.

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