Crime & Courts

Richmond Co. | Columbia Co. | Aiken Co. |

Man charged in cyclist's death

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:44 AM
Last updated Thursday, May 16, 2013 8:58 AM
  • Follow Crime & courts

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.

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.
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.

Map View

Javascript is required to view this map.


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.

Comments (47) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Little Lamb
47950
Points
Little Lamb 05/15/13 - 07:34 am
7
2
Mullikin

Columbia County government built a sidewalk along Mullikin Rd. after a pedestrian was struck and killed. Will Richmond County step up to the plate?

bdouglas
5588
Points
bdouglas 05/15/13 - 08:01 am
2
0
WRDW was reporting that it

WRDW is reporting that it was a cyclist and not a pedestrian that was struck and killed.

seenitB4
93610
Points
seenitB4 05/15/13 - 08:03 am
5
1
Another death

Will someone step up & admit this road needs a redo.....someone?

AutumnLeaves
9593
Points
AutumnLeaves 05/15/13 - 08:39 am
1
1
Is it a new model pickup

Is it a new model pickup truck? Old? Can you give a better description? White panels? horizontal? over the hood? Just saying red and white doesn't help much, but it is better than nothing, I suppose, but if it is just drawn from paint transfer and not a witness, I understand why the limited information.

louiemcman
64
Points
louiemcman 05/15/13 - 08:43 am
2
1
No No, this part of town

No No, this part of town don't need a "redo", let's upgrade Laney Walker road AGAIN.

CricketSeranade
593
Points
CricketSeranade 05/15/13 - 08:51 am
11
0
So sad

Even though they hadn't reported yet that the person was killed, I knew when we drove past this morning. Seeing that shoe sitting upright in the middle of the road with florescent paint marking it's spot said it all. We were actually discussing how we almost hoped it wasn't the drivers fault because it would be horrific enough to know you were involved in an accident in which someone died. I couldn't imagine actually being at fault. Knowing he left the scene and didn't even stop to see if he could help definitely reduces my sympathy for him. I understand some people panic, but human decency would dictate that you would not leave someone laying in the road.

TrulyWorried
16067
Points
TrulyWorried 05/15/13 - 10:15 am
17
0
All these "educated" comments

make my stomach turn - If this poor man was on the 3500 block of Mike Padgett Highway traveling north and he lived on the 5000 block of Old Waynesboro Road, it means that he had been peddling 15 blocks already (until the tragedy) to get to work!!!!!! WORK ------ and some no good so and so has to kill him and drive on - - - I hope they find him/her and throw the book at him/her. It will not bring this poor soul back to life no matter what. I feel awful for the poor family that is left behind, surely struggling to make ends meet if this man was trying to get to work on his bicycle. Compassion is the word in this case, not debating about road construction. And he was wearing reflective clothing - he knew what he had to do and yet he was killed. May God give him eternal rest and give comfort to his family!

I'm Back Again
307
Points
I'm Back Again 05/15/13 - 09:50 am
2
0
Old redneck, unfortunately
Unpublished

Old redneck, unfortunately that suggestion is against the law. Ga law states that bicycles have the same right of way as a vehicle. If he were riding facing traffic, that would be illegal.

charlie marlow
162
Points
charlie marlow 05/15/13 - 09:52 am
7
2
They are supposed to ride with traffic

40-6-294.

(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, except when turning left or avoiding hazards to safe cycling, when the lane is too narrow to share safely with a motor vehicle, when traveling at the same speed as traffic, or while exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction; provided, however, that every person operating a bicycle away from the right side of the roadway shall exercise reasonable care and shall give due consideration to the other applicable rules of the road. As used in this subsection, the term "hazards to safe cycling" includes, but is not limited to, surface debris, rough pavement, drain grates which areparallel to the side of the roadway, parked or stopped vehicles, potentially opening car doors, or any other objects which threaten the safety of a person operating a bicycle.

I don't ride a bicycle, but they have a right to be on the road. GA law makes it clear that people are allowed to ride bicycles on the road no matter how much some people wish that weren't the case.

TrailRunner
12
Points
TrailRunner 05/15/13 - 09:57 am
6
5
OldRedNeck - side of road

Bicyclist must obey the same laws as vehicles and must travel in the same direction on the same side of the road. Bicyclist should and do travel in the right most lane and as far over as possible. Unfortunately there are different types of drivers. 1. Aware drivers 2. unaware drivers 3. careless drivers 4. Mean drivers
Most all bicyclist injuries due to collision with a car are the fault of the driver. The driver is either not paying attention to what is ahead, the driver is not moving over when passing a bicyclist, or the driver is trying to scare (or to hit) the bicyclist. Removing phones and idiots from vehicles would do wonders in preventing these types of accidents.

InChristLove
22481
Points
InChristLove 05/15/13 - 09:58 am
17
1
Coming back from town last

Coming back from town last night, we passed a man riding a bicycle on Old Waynesboro Road, heading south. I wonder if this is the same gentleman. The car in front of us, moved to the left a little to go around him and another car coming south didn't even attempt to slow down or move to their right at all and nearly hit the car head on.

People just don't pay attention any more and think they are the only ones on the road. Sadly common courtesy is a thing of the past.

seenitB4
93610
Points
seenitB4 05/15/13 - 10:05 am
9
1
truly we are sad for this man/family

Some ride to work for the exercise.....don't know about this man...BUT the road has been dangerous for a long time...I have love ones traveling this road everyday......more needs to be done to make it safer....too much money has ben spent on downtown projects when this road should have been #1...imho.

SouthAugustan
137
Points
SouthAugustan 05/15/13 - 10:24 am
22
0
How sad

I would see this gentleman pushing his bike up the hill on Mike Padgett near Augusta Manor almost every day, or I would see him riding south on Old Waynesboro (just saw him yesterday). He was always walking or riding in the grass, and always had a reflective vest on. It appears that he rode a long way on that bike just to go to work, probably to support his family. I am praying for them.

Little Lamb
47950
Points
Little Lamb 05/15/13 - 10:30 am
6
1
Right Side

TrailRunner is correct. Bicyclists are supposed to travel the same direction as motorized traffic.

That being said, if you ride your bicycle facing traffic, will the police stop you and tell you to move over to the other side?

Reannan
3
Points
Reannan 05/15/13 - 10:40 am
1
5
Hmmm....

Sort of interesting that a guy with the same last name is in the Columbia County arrest photo's from 5/13/13. Brother maybe? He is 1 year younger than this unfortunate man. Horrible that this man was killed.... I wonder if it was really an accident, or if it was intentional?

bettyj
50
Points
bettyj 05/15/13 - 10:55 am
14
1
cyclist killed

this is my nephew, that was killed...remark made the driver of truck veered instead of going around him really has family wondering, if he was hit intentionally...More worried about my brother right now, knowing he has lost his son...We all know on bikes, you travel with traffic..Now, someone tell me; How do you tell his 85 year old grandmother?

countyman
21299
Points
countyman 05/15/13 - 11:30 am
2
10
Facts

Seenitb4... Local downtown projects have nothing to do with the state beginning construction on Mike Padgett.

Louiecman.. The GADOT is suppose to begin working on the Mike Padgett/Hwy 56 project this year.

The city of Augusta is using a hotel/motel tax to fund the Laney Walker/Bethlehem development. The majority of work is not related to roadwork either.

my.voice
5085
Points
my.voice 05/15/13 - 11:37 am
5
0
@LL - If he was hit by a

@LL - If he was hit by a truck veering off the road, a sidewalk would have not helped.

Little Lamb
47950
Points
Little Lamb 05/15/13 - 12:08 pm
1
0
@ Mrswkc:

I failed to make myself clear. When I asked my question (it was hypothetical) about whether the police would make the effort to stop a bicyclist who was riding on the wrong side of the road (facing oncoming traffic), I was in no way saying or implying Mr. Skillman was on the wrong side. In fact, I saw the police cars at the scene this morning about 7:25 a.m. It was clear that the cyclist was travelling north in the right-hand lane (he may have even been off the pavement).

Anyway, I am sad about this tragic event. My condolences go out to friends and family of Mr. Skillman.

TrulyWorried
16067
Points
TrulyWorried 05/15/13 - 12:42 pm
5
3
One question dicho

but WHY bring it up at THIS time??? So you are not ashamed - so be it - maybe sorry is a better word. 99% of the time you are a very sensible human being - :>) It is just heart breaking when you read about the death of a human being in such an accident, no matter who he was. At least I feel that way.

Fiat_Lux
16245
Points
Fiat_Lux 05/15/13 - 12:59 pm
8
1
I'm very sad to read this, yet again.

With the economy in the toilet as far a large swaths of the population are concerned, a lot more people are starting to ride their bikes to work because they must. They are being forced to place themselves (and by extension, their families) at grave risk because there are virtually NO SAFE PATHS available for cyclists to navigate their way around Richmond County (or Columbia County for that matter) in order to go to work or shop or do anything else that is further than walking distance.

This is the responsibility of the county government. If they wanted safe routes for bicycle travel, we would be getting them. We can't even get decent bus service to some of the areas most needing it. If this were a priority at all, something would be happening instead of more shaking of heads at the increase in the body count.

There is culpability accruing for those who should be paying attention and doing something about it.

itsanotherday1
46883
Points
itsanotherday1 05/15/13 - 01:29 pm
11
0
I doubt it was intentional.

I doubt it was intentional. With so many using cell phones and texting, it is a wonder you you don't have more people hit on the road shoulder than we do.

As for you bicycle critics, the article clearly says he was riding on the grass. How far out of your way would you have him; in the ditch? Had he been on foot the result would have been the same.

It just really angers me to think, here we have a fellow doing all he can do to get to work and be productive; and he probably rides by dozens sitting on their butts, collecting benefits he helped pay for.

God rest him and support the family.

Darby
28357
Points
Darby 05/15/13 - 01:44 pm
5
0
".....if you ride your bicycle facing traffic, will

the police stop you and tell you to move over to the other side?"

.
Maybe, or ticket you, but I've never seen or known it to happen....

bettyj
50
Points
bettyj 05/15/13 - 02:03 pm
6
1
ok, dicho

What makes you think his past wasn`t known..Anyways, what does 17 years of age have to do with 42 years...I get the impression, you are the type that loves putting other people down....Your remarks are making alot of family members mad, because YOU do not know my nephew....As my granddaughter says, NOBODY deserves to die that way and the driver should rot in jail....Yes, trulyworried, someone making that kind of remark is SORRY..
Oh by the way, the article you listed here was straighened out..He was cleared since he found the child..Mother was in wrong by slipping out the door...Know your facts, before you post it... This morning is being investigated and the family is learning more...YOU may end up eating your words...

GiantsAllDay
10287
Points
GiantsAllDay 05/15/13 - 02:35 pm
0
1
I appreciate Charlie Marlow's

I appreciate Charlie Marlow's comment. That is all I am allowed to say.

allhans
24513
Points
allhans 05/15/13 - 03:24 pm
3
0
So this driver veered off the

So this driver veered off the road right at the time the cyclist was there? Quite a coincidence if that happened.
I don't see where sidewalks would help if in fact the rider was OFF the pavement....
I live in the Lake Forest area and I seldom see a sidewalk....

wendy r
21
Points
wendy r 05/15/13 - 03:29 pm
11
0
This is my brother that got

This is my brother that got killed. His past has nothing to do with what happened today so why even bring that up?? How many of the people trying to cause more pain for his family would RIDE a BIKE 17 miles one way just to get to work everyday??? Not many so you can keep your disrespectful comments to your self. We have enough going on as it is. I have been to the site where my brother lost his life tragically. You can tell the guy was probably either drunk or fell asleep since he ran off the rd hit my brother, got back on the rode, ran off the road again & hit the embankment, then rode the grass the rest of the way till he hit asphalt again. This wasn't an accident, at most it was a case of careless driving. I hope they find him & i hope he serves time for taking a life & not even giving a damn about whether that person was ok, or if he had family who cared about him. Its people like that that make me want to throw up!!! Shame on you for not even having the decency as a human being to stop & check or at least call 911. I pray & hope that your family never has to live through a tragedy like this! My brother was being safe since he had on a reflective vest, lights on his bike, off to the side of the road in the grass, & going the way he was suppose to. May God have mercy on you because i sure wont!!!

nocnoc
47209
Points
nocnoc 05/15/13 - 04:36 pm
13
0
Very sad to see this happen

Have been watching this guy bike to and from work in the rain, cold and smothering heat. Many mornings I'd see him at 6am peddling that bike up the hill by cross creek and in the evening pumping it up the Goshen / Pine Log hill.

So Yes I have passed him many times at different points and different times along Hwy 56 between Lumpkin Rd. and all the way out past Brown Rd. on OWR.

To me ANY person willing to bike 6 miles to get to work in all types of weather has my respect not matter what minor BS he did as a teen.

This is the type of work ethic we need, not a bunch of people giving up to be wet nursed by the Government their whole lives and for generations to come.

Jake
33369
Points
Jake 05/15/13 - 05:19 pm
8
2
Let's see....

....an innocent hard working individual is killed by a coward motorist and some insensitive commentator has to bring up an incident from years ago that has NOTHING at all to do with the situation? Strange how some people's minds work, or don't work, sometimes.

nocnoc
47209
Points
nocnoc 05/15/13 - 06:43 pm
4
0
Holding off further comments

Holding off further comments until an arrest is made.

Back to Top

Top headlines

Smith case referred to Attorney General's office

A state probe into allegations former Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith moonlighted for a hospitality company while drawing his Georgia State Patrol salary will be reviewed by the state attorney ...
Search Augusta jobs