Man charged in cyclist's death

Christopher Provost, 35, shown in this surveillance photo, had been sought for questioning in the Wednesday hit-and-run fatality on Mike Padgett Highway that left cyclist Dennis John Skillman dead.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Hephzibah man with felony vehicular homicide and felony hit and run after a bicyclist was struck and killed Wednesday in the 3500 block of Mike Padgett Highway.

Deputies named Christopher Provost, 35, of the 1500 block of Citation Road, as the man they said drove away from the scene of the 6:30 a.m. collision in a red-and-white Dodge Ram with front-end damage.

Provost is accused in the death of Dennis John Skillman, 42, of the 5000 block of Old Waynesboro Road. Skillman was riding his bike northbound on Mike Padgett Highway to work and was wearing a reflective vest, according to deputies.

Provost, also northbound, is accused of veering off the road and hitting Skillman, then fleeing.

Sheriff’s deputies made contact with Provost at his home, according to a news release, later taking him into custody at Richmond County jail.

The case will be forwarded to the prosecutors and additional charges are pending, according to the release.

Skillman’s body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta for autopsy.

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