Fatal hit-and-run suspect denied bond

Provost

The suspect in a hit-and-run that killed a Hephzibah man was denied bond Friday.

After a brief initial appearance in Richmond County Magistrate Court, Christopher Ray Provost was sent back to confinement at the Webster De­tention Center by Judge Stephen Shepard.

“I find that you are a danger to the community, and I’m going to deny bond on these charges,” Shepard said.

Provost, 35, is charged with two felonies – vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident – in the crash that killed 42-year-old Dennis Skill­man, of Old Waynesboro Road.

Police said Provost was driving a pickup about 6:30 a.m. Wednes­day on Mike Padgett High­way when he veered off the road and hit Skill­man, who was riding a bicycle.

Police said Provost left Skillman for dead and returned home, where he tried to alter the appearance of his damaged vehicle. He was arrested Thursday evening after deputies found him in a shop behind his house, along with the partially repainted truck.

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