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Bond set at $25,000 in vehicular homicide case

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 4:44 PM
Last updated Friday, Aug 23, 2013 1:25 AM
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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.

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oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 08/22/13 - 07:25 pm
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Bicyclist
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One life over in a flash, one life ruined forever, all for the stupidity of some dumb lawmaker thinking that bicycles and cars are both "vehicles" and should "share" a roadway. Call your elected officials, tell them you are going to ride facing traffic (so you can see the Christopher Provost of this world comming) and get the heck off of the road so you can live to tell others about it.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/22/13 - 07:26 pm
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This guy lives just down the road

Given everything he did, the run and hide, tampering / destroying with evidence, Lies to RCSO etc...

WHY is he being given a $25K bond?

MTBer
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MTBer 08/22/13 - 08:37 pm
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It's only a bicyclist.

Duh. He hit a person on a bicycle. They are not worthy of status as a person, or even a pedestrian. Surely they are causing traffic issues and need to be showed where they are in the big transportation issue.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/22/13 - 09:55 pm
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I just hope I don't get

I hope I never have to ride a bicycle back and forth anywhere by necessity in Augusta or North Augusta (work, shopping). They are not bicycle friendly. I just hope I don't get rear-ended on Bergen Road in North Augusta, SC because some bicyclist won't move off the road so I can pass. It is a double yellow line for most of the road between the end of the Greeneway and West 5 Notch Road, and just enough room for cars, not bicyclists. I'm not about to pull around a bicyclist to get hit by an on-coming car coming around one of those curves, so I get stuck behind the bicyclist, making us both as nervous as long-tailed cats in a room full of rockers afraid of another car coming up fast behind us. And they do. Don't bicyclists know why the double-lines are there? They keep looking at me like I'm stalking them. No, I have little choice but to crawl behind them if I don't want to gamble with our lives. Bicyclists shouldn't be on a double-line road when there is no bike lane and not enough safe shoulder to get off the road so people can pass them without risking everyone's lives (including the bicyclist's)! Common sense anyone?

mosovich
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mosovich 08/22/13 - 10:22 pm
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So..

So you NEVER cross a double line no matter what right? All roads have double lines at some point and time.. I can't think of one that doesn't.. If you're careful, it's very easy to pass a cyclist, just use common sense..

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 08/23/13 - 05:32 am
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Wow, I can't believe he even

Wow, I can't believe he even got a bond. He killed someone and left the scene without even trying to get help. There is something wrong with this picture.

redfish
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redfish 08/23/13 - 06:23 am
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I hope he shows enough remorse...

As long as he shows enough remorse, he will get by with probation. If he doesn't, he's looking at 20 years.

john
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john 08/23/13 - 07:28 am
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double yellow

I know Autumn. Yesterday on the way to work there was a tree crew working and had the whole lane blocked off. I was stuck there until after lunch. Then the other day, I got stuck behind a mail carrier. I was 2 hours late getting my child to school. I mean, what could I have done?

25000 is a slap in the face.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 08/23/13 - 07:42 am
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Yeah I buy the deer explanation

about as much as I would believe he hid his truck and repainted it because he was embarassed for anyone to see the body damage. He killed someone and them hid himself and the murder weapon and then tried to alter it. No different than if he accidently shot someone and tried to hide the gun. NO BOND!!!! This is why people question the justice system. This case coupled with the slap on the wrist given to the politicians son who admittedly is a drug dealer and the 20 years given to the woman because the judge had a feeling and a juror admittedly considered things other than evidence offered at trial...yeah I hope I never end up in the ARC court system...it's about as comical as the clowns running the commission.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 08/23/13 - 09:17 am
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Bicycle Deaths
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One live snuffed out, one life ruined forever, all this because of the stupidity of politicians who do not understand the laws of physics. When a bicycle and a car collide the bicycle always looses. Show that you have common sense and ride facing traffic so you can see the "Christopher Provost" of the world coming at you. Yield the right of way to faster, heavier and slower to react vehicles and live to tell about it. Use the sidewalk where available, no one else is using them.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/23/13 - 09:46 am
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Put
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provost in front of Judge Annis.

Grace422
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Grace422 08/23/13 - 10:49 am
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Speechless

Are you kidding me a $25,000.00 bond! I'm disappointed Judge Roper..

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/23/13 - 01:11 pm
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Just a question...

How many bike lanes are there on major streets in Augusta, GA? Go to ANY city in California and count the bike lanes. Bikes are good for your health good for the environment and saves resources. Yet georgia drivers seem to not only NOT care about bicyclists, they AIM for them! Why is Washington rd without bike lanes? It's just the only major route for getting around in this backwards city.

crockpot2001
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crockpot2001 08/23/13 - 02:07 pm
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1. $25,000 and a “hope” that

1. $25,000 and a “hope” that this [filtered word] does not get behind the wheel. This is an insult to ALL users of the roads. He WILL drive while his license is suspended, I can promise you that. If you read the articles associated with this guy, the judge would know he is a scum bucket. To be fair, there may have been some written limit or possibly a bonus for killing a cyclist.
2. It’s clear, once again, that people on the roads and on this forum have no idea what the rules of the road are. A car CAN pass a cyclist by going over the yellow line to do so safely. Not a single ticket has been issued for such a violation. It’s also widely known in most places but here that a cyclist has NO obligation to move over for drivers but do so just to cooperate and let others do their thing. Lastly, with the exception of a few Yugos that might still be on the road, all cars have the ability to wait the few seconds until it’s safe to pass, pull out 3’, then pass, then make up all the 15-20 seconds the driver lost so that they may safely get to work on time to begin texting and facebooking their little friends on company time…because they should not do it while driving, right?
3. Oldredneckman, this is a shout out to you. Your rhetoric is getting old and is surely dated. As populations in more progressive areas increase their cycling mileage, percentages of accidents actually decrease and drivers increase awareness. I hope you can adapt to the modern world because if the CSRA wants to move up the ladder, bicycles as transport and healthy living lifestyle will accompany it. FYI- it is 100% illegal to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk.
4. As for GA not having so many bikes lanes, that will come. However, specific to Washington rd, I would not want lanes on that road as there are way too many exits and parking lot entrances which increase the risk of collision. Back streets, if available, are a better option. Actually, I’m not PRO-bike lane at all. Though they seem safe, accidents still happen. Cost is another significant factor. Drivers assume the attitude that if, if there is no lane, a cyclist should not be on that road.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/23/13 - 05:08 pm
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My thinking is;
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if you don't like living in Augusta and prefer California, Allied Van Lines is still in the moving business, isn't it?

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 08/23/13 - 07:26 pm
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Crockpot
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Crockpot, you and I seem to have taken very good internet names. I am a redneck and you are a crackpot. I do not dispute what laws may be on the books, I suggest this law much like the ones that promoted slavery are wrong. Both laws made people do things that placed them in harms way. Man can write all the rules you want, no one can over rule simple science. Are you willing to die to prove you are within the rule of law? Are you crack-pot?

MTBer
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MTBer 08/23/13 - 07:53 pm
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ORKM

So, by your reasoning, only the big have a right to roads. Saying you drive a "normal" 3-6,000 pound vehicle, and are not driving fast enough for that meth-fueled 80,000 pound semi-driver, well, when he gets on your tail on the backroads in Edgefield and punts you, well, sucks to be you dude. Is that your take? Just asking? That cyclist has the ROW. You in a car have the ROW. Answer?

mosovich
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mosovich 08/23/13 - 11:56 pm
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ORKM...

You might want to study the rules of the road.. Ck out the old Ga DOT rules of the road book.. You might learn a thing or two.. Ever heard of the 3 ft. law? Of course not, you like most are only worried about you.. Ck it out while you're at it, once again, you might learn something..

Oh, and if I'm not mistaken, the gentleman that was hit, WASN'T even on the road, he was riding in the grass..

according2me
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according2me 08/24/13 - 01:37 am
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I am shocked
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If I were some of Mr Skillman's family I would be appalled @ Judge Roper. This man hits and kills another human being and leaves him to die and then covers up his crime. Lies to the police. Come on! This man was on his way to work doing exactly what he's suppose to do only to get run down by some drug crazed fool. I pray justice will be served.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 08/24/13 - 08:16 pm
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Rules of the road
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What I am saying is the Law of Physics will allways rule. You can yell and cry and protest all you want, you can not change that. A person on a bike, walking, skateboarding, when they travel facing traffic, can see a car and react quicker than a car can see and react to them, that is a fact. A 55mph car travels so much further is the same second that it is just not realistic to say that bicycles would or should have the right of way. So far, the good folks making up these dumb rules for you and I to travel to have not forced people walking or jogging to turn our backs to certain death.

paymogan
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paymogan 08/25/13 - 04:59 am
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Way to go Judge Roper......

Said no one ever! Mr. Provost ran someone down (who wasn't even riding on the road!!!) left him there to die and then lies to the police while trying to repair his vehicle. I don't understand how a judge can set the bond so low or even set bond at all! If Mr. Provost truly thought he hit a deer, why did he rush home so quick to repair it? I feel like he showed no regard for human life. I really hope Judge Roper shows better judgement come his trial. Why should he be able to go home? Mr. Skillman will never get to go home.

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