A judge set a $25,000 bond Thursday for a Hephzibah man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a bicyclist in May.
Christopher Provost, 36, is accused of hitting Dennis Skillman, 42, on Mike Padgett Highway about dawn May 15 and fleeing.
Skillman, also of Hephzibah, was wearing a reflective vest and riding his bike in the correct position on the highway when he was hit from behind, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Marks said.
The state opposed Provost’s release on bond, Marks said, because of Provost’s actions after the crah. Provost misled investigators about the whereabouts of his truck, and when officers later secured a search warrant for Provost’s property, they found him in his garage shop repairing the damaged truck, she told the judge.
Defense attorney Danny Durham countered that Provost thought he had hit a deer. He did look to see what he had hit but the grass was very high in the area and it was nearly dark, Durham said.
Provost, who has worked steadily in the auto paint and body business, is married with children. He has no previous convictions.
Judge J. David Roper set the $25,000 bond under the condition that Provost surrendered his driver’s license. He is not allowed to drive any motorized vehicle while on bond, the judge said. Provost’s Richmond County Superior Court case is assigned to Roper.