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Police say hit-and-run suspect tried to repaint truck

Officers say suspect tried to alter vehicle

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Police say the man arrested in a fatal hit-and-run of a bicyclist tried to repaint his vehicle before his arrest late Wednesday.

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A damaged pickup that authorities believe was involved in the fatal hit-and-run of a cyclist sits in a garage bay at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.  STEVE CRAWFORD/STAFF
STEVE CRAWFORD/STAFF
A damaged pickup that authorities believe was involved in the fatal hit-and-run of a cyclist sits in a garage bay at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.


Richmond County sheriff’s investigators spent most of Thursday afternoon going over the Dodge Ram pickup they suspect was involved in the hit-and-run about 6:30 a.m. Wednes­day in the 3500 block of Mike Padg­ett Highway.

Crime scene Investigator Tom John­son examined the truck, which sat in a garage bay at the sheriff’s office, for evidence of blood, hair and clothing fibers that might link it to the crime.

It was evident the truck had been involved in a wreck. The right-side headlight was crushed, the fender was crumpled, the mirror was missing and the right ride of the windshield was smashed.

It also appeared that the truck was in the midst of a paint job. The hood and portions of the cab had been repainted flat black, and the grille had been removed.

“There was an attempt made to alter the appearance of the vehicle,” sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said.

Police said the alteration work was done by the truck’s owner, Christopher Provost, who was arrested Wednesday night at his home on Citation Road in Hephzibah. Provost is charged with two felonies – vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident – in the death of Den­nis Skillman, 42, of Old Waynesboro Road.

Investigators suspect Provost was at the wheel of the Dodge when it veered off the northbound side of the highway and hit Skillman, who was riding a bicycle, Chew said.

Skill­man died at the scene, and deputies spent most of the day tracking down tips on a Dodge truck with front-end damage and missing right-side mirror.

“Once we put out a description on the truck, we started to receive a lot of tips,” Chew said.

It wasn’t long before an accumulation of tips and evidence led police to Provost and his silver-and-red truck, he said.

Chew said deputies didn’t find Pro­vost in their first visit to his home because they suspect he was hiding in a building out back where he had tools for paint and body work.

Chew said deputies found Provost in his shop late Wednesday when they returned with a search warrant.

Provost was being held Thursday at the Richmond County jail without bond. His initial appearance was set for this morning at the Augusta Judicial Center, court officials said.

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Jake
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Jake 05/16/13 - 08:03 pm
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Throw the book....

.....no, throw the library at this killer. No excuse for his actions. One day a so-called upstanding citizen, the next day a unmitigated killer. Hope you can fester in jail and think about your crime.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/16/13 - 08:54 pm
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Yep ! My faith in RCSO

Yep !

My faith in RCSO Investigators is justified yet again.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 05/16/13 - 10:08 pm
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Nice work investigators!

Nice work investigators!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/17/13 - 12:17 am
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Dang! 30 cans of flat black

Dang! 30 cans of flat black spray paint from Walmart didn't do the trick?

Thank God! Good job!

scoobynews
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scoobynews 05/17/13 - 04:01 am
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Upstanding citizen lol

The person I remember from years ago was hardly an upstanding citizen. I say on his part a good dose of Karma. Just hate that someone had to lose his life because of it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/17/13 - 07:10 am
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Accident or whatever

He should have stopped....thank you RCSO..

David Parker
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David Parker 05/17/13 - 07:26 am
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My hope is that "leaving the

My hope is that "leaving the scene" of a "vehicular homicide" is punishable to at least the same degree as DUI Vehicular homicide/Manslaughter. Just in case it's relevant but unprovable.

TDW
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TDW 05/17/13 - 08:53 am
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So glad they got the driver...

Hopefully he'll have to pay, with more than just a slap on the wrist, for what he's done! Prayers lifted for family/friends of Mr. Skillman.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/17/13 - 09:09 am
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Sounds like the RCSO is doing

Sounds like the RCSO is doing a great job with the investigation/evidence gathering. Kudos.

Darby
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Darby 05/17/13 - 10:40 am
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"He should have stopped...."

Yeah, but why didn't he? Even if he was DUI (Don't know that he was.) he'd have been better off than he is now, and quite possibly could have save the life of the victim.

"What fools these mortals be.."

wendy r
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wendy r 05/17/13 - 10:38 am
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BOND WAS DENIED!!!!!

BOND WAS DENIED!!!!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/17/13 - 11:33 am
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Also my thanks to the RCSO!

But special thanks to the public for turning this guy in. Good investigators often depend on good tips and I believe this was the case!

dannyb2
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dannyb2 06/18/13 - 06:48 am
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this

dennis was a awesome guy he is missed by so many people thanks for destroying his family and friends lives as well as your family as well, and
MORE
and cobynews i wld like to speak to u in email if i cld dannyb2@mail.com

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