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Charges upgraded to vehicular homicide in child's death

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 2:48 PM
Last updated Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 12:37 AM
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Police have upgraded criminal charges to first-degree vehicular homicide against an Augusta man whose vehicle hit a child boarding a school bus on Dec. 9.

Jaidyn Williams, an 8-year-old student at Sue Reynolds Elementary, died Thursday as a result of his injuries.

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies said Scott Hancock, 20, was driving west in a minivan in the 3800 block of Belair Road about 7 a.m. when he failed to stop for the child, who was crossing the westbound lanes to board the bus.

An investigation revealed the school bus was using the proper visual caution signs and lights at the time of the accident.

Hancock was booked into Richmond County jail on charges of reckless driving, passing a school bus while loading or unloading and serious injury by vehicle. Hancock remains in custody.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/27/13 - 03:59 pm
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Kid spent Xmas in jail and

Kid spent Xmas in jail and has a very rocky future ahead of him. A decision or an action made in a split second can affect you for the rest of your life.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/27/13 - 04:02 pm
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I would not like

to have to represent him before a local jury, as, presumption of innocence notwithstanding, he would be toast.
Can you say, "plea bargain"?

David Parker
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David Parker 12/27/13 - 04:45 pm
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I don't recall any details at

I don't recall any details at all about the driver's failure to stop. For all i know, his foot jammed btw the brake and gas and he panic'd. Hope he gets a fair trial and justice is served all in one. Not much info out there I guess.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/27/13 - 05:12 pm
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So very sad for everyone! I

So very sad for everyone! I seriously doubt this guy is a terrible monster but his foolish actions cost a life! I pray that some good come out of this for everyone!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/27/13 - 05:17 pm
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As I said on the thread

As I said on the thread announcing the death of the child; it is just sad, sad, sad, all the way around.

My gut says that the driver was distracted, and did not notice the lights, etc. in the fog. ( as opposed to seeing them and proceeding anyway). Either way, he is at fault and appropriately charged. From comments I've heard about his character, the burden of what he did will weigh heavier than the penalty.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/27/13 - 05:42 pm
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David Parker the fact is he

David Parker the fact is he did not stop. He had to have seen that big yellow bus and flashing lights. The bus was stopped. Some people just love to run red lights and hate anyone telling them what to do.It was foggy that morning, but not enough to block the view. My husband went by there about 10 or 15 minutes before it happened. He said he could see way up the road with no problem. So I am sure anyone could see that big yellow bus and flashing lights.

Trouble
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Trouble 12/27/13 - 06:40 pm
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hmmm

it must be nice to know without a doubt that he planned to run down that child and ruin his life...this is a very sad situation on both sides, but i seriously doubt that scott pulled out of his driveway that morning with the intention of running down a child

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 12/27/13 - 06:52 pm
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Although...

Although I am saddened by the death of the child and my heart goes out to the family, I am also saddened that this young man will be facing prison because of an accident. Not to mention living with the fact he killed a child. Keep in mind that this could be any one of us in an instant. Foggy conditions, early morning hours, could've happened to anybody distracted for just a second. I'm not too up on the law but aren't vehicular homicide charges supposed to be reserved for negligent operation or driving while committing an unlawful act? Perhaps the police know something that we don't.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 12/27/13 - 07:09 pm
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Just read the law....

I just read the law....here it is for Georgia:

First degree homicide by vehicle:

This is a felony, that upon conviction will result in a sentence of between 3 and 15 years of imprisonment (or between 5 and 20 years for habitual violators), with no parole for at least 1 year. A homicide is first degree homicide by vehicle if the driver "unlawfully met or overtook a school bus; unlawfully failed to stop after a collision; was driving recklessly; was driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; failed to stop for, or otherwise was attempting to flee from a law enforcement officer; or had previously been declared a habitual violator". Really sad all around for this young man and the family. Prayers for all!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/27/13 - 08:04 pm
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Trouble, I have to agree with

Trouble, I have to agree with you. It must be nice to know it all. Just because the fog wasn't bad 10 or 15 minutes prior to this does not mean that the heavier fog didn't set in and there by the grace of God go I.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 12/27/13 - 08:46 pm
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See What I Mean?
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A tragedy has occurred and my prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Jaidyn. We can not answer the age old question of why bad things happen to good people. That said, why has law enforcement again jumped off the deep end and the courts followed. This young man is most likely the individual who was driving the car which struck the child. Was it an accident? Was it intentional? Was it negligence? Was it reckless? These questions will need to be answered for the appropriate punishment to be rendered by the state. However, there is no reason to deny bond. Bond is to guarantee an individual’s appearance in court and nothing more, and since from the public information received, this young man is a life-long resident of the area and is not a flight risk. He has no past criminal history so he is not a threat to the community. Our dumb a** judges and the just as dumb D.A. need to stand up for what is right and give this alleged criminal back to his family. The courts at a later date will iron out the issues.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/27/13 - 08:57 pm
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Was bond denied or maybe the

Was bond denied or maybe the family is not in a financial situation where they could post it for him.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 12/27/13 - 09:16 pm
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Looks like he's being held without bond....

HANCOCK, SCOTT WILLIAM

Arrest Date
12/09/2013

Race-White
Sex-Male
Age-20 YEARS OLD
Charge

1.HOLD SUBJECT DO NOT RELEASE

2.RECKLESS DRIVING -1400.00

3.
PASSING SCH BUS WHILE LOADING OR UNLOAD - 1400.00

4.
SERIOUS INJURY BY VEHICLE

5.
HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE-FELONY

willie Lee
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willie Lee 12/27/13 - 09:39 pm
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Straight from the Georgia Constitution
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Paragraph XVII. Bail; fines; punishment; arrest, abuse of prisoners. Excessive bail shall not be required , nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted ; nor shall any person be abused in being arrested, while under arrest, or in prison.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/27/13 - 11:45 pm
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WOW..

All I can say is wow. Lots of folks making all sorts of excuses for this MAN that killed that CHILD by ignoring the stop lights and hitting that precious boy.

If it were so foggy then why wasn't he driving slower and paying particular attention to the road? If he was "distracted" then doesn't that show negligence given the conditions?

There is no excuse for what happened. There is no way the boy can be brought back to life and this grown man owes society a debt for killing that child.

It is sickening to see all of this "compassion" being misplaced when a child has lost their life in a preventable incident.

I guess that is to be expected in today's world here, no one is EVER accountable for their actions and no one is ever just wrong and deserving of punishment.

May God bless this child's family and may the punishment for the perpetrator be swift and just given the circumstances.

Brad

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/28/13 - 01:02 am
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I have no words.

My sincere condolences to the Williams family. I can't begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. May God bless you in your time of grief and may his loving arms comfort you.
I am so sorry for your loss.

thauch12
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thauch12 12/28/13 - 04:22 am
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Compassion

I don't see this as an issue of misplaced compassion. In fact, I'm not sure there has been enough for either young Jaidyn's family or Mr. Hancock and his family. This was a very unfortunate incident, one in which there were no winners, only all-around loss.

Any of us could have been in this situation. And before the naysayers attack me for saying this, let me be clear about why I say that: I don't know the exact facts about what happened that fateful morning. For that matter, no one but God himself could possibly know everything that happened leading to young Jaidyn's tragic death. Until the facts are presented in a court of law, I'm willing to give Mr. Hancock a bit of human compassion, not because I believe he was not at fault, but because he has neither been convicted of any crime (innocent until proven guilty) nor is he a perfect human being (none of us are).

david jennings
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david jennings 12/28/13 - 08:00 am
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Agree with thauch12

Compassion for all involved. How can I think this could not happen to me or one of my sons (the driver). Compassion is not to expect accountability. Probably the most stressful thing I endure is driving in todays busy traffic, I take it very seriously. I strive for zero distractions. Everyone is in such a hurry including myself but I try very hard to be patient and professional as driving happens to be my profession now. I Faithfully pray for the family of Jaidyn and I must pray also for the driver for only Faith can help in situations such as this.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/28/13 - 09:05 am
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I agree 100% with Brad Owens.

I agree 100% with Brad Owens.

Graymare
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Graymare 12/28/13 - 09:45 am
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Such a horrible tragedy for

Such a horrible tragedy for all involved. One family loses their child, their little son. The horror of all these days of waiting and crying and begging their son would live. My heart mourns with them. Another family's son, his life will never, ever be the same. Surely, he wishes he could turn back the hands of time and change those now unchangeable moments. I don't know of anyone who says, "Today,I think I will go out and willfully kill a child boarding a school bus." Do you know of anyone? My heart is broken for two families. Remember, there is a fine line between justice and revenge.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/28/13 - 10:23 am
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When you fail to stop for a

When you fail to stop for a school bus' flashing lights, you are making a decision that yes, you are willing to take that chance.

Witnesses that were behind him- they saw the lights, how was it that they could see them, but not him?

How do you not see a stopped school bus in the lane next to you? Why else would a bus be stopped at that time of morning?

When I see even a moving school bus in the morning or afternoon, I go on alert, I expect to see kids and I use caution.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/28/13 - 11:09 am
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corgimon,

Where is the article that states - "Witnesses that were behind him- they saw the lights, how was it that they could see them, but not him?"

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/28/13 - 02:55 pm
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Yea, CG; that is what I want

Yea, CG; that is what I want to know. Has there been an official finding on what, exactly, happened? All I know is that the driver passed a stopped school bus, running over a child. I just find it hard to believe that ANYONE would see the bus, see the lights, and say to themselves "to hell with it, I'm going past anyway; even though there may be a child in the road."

That in no way excuses or absolves the driver of responsibility for what he did. He rightfully has been charged and will be judged/punished accordingly; but that still does not diminish one's sympathies that he has committed a life changing mistake that will haunt him forever.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/28/13 - 03:06 pm
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CG, it wasn't in the AC.

CG, it wasn't in the AC. There are other news sources that exist other than the AC.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/28/13 - 03:09 pm
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Itsanother, ask any school

Itsanother, ask any school bus driver how many people run past the lights. It's terrible.

I've seen it myself.

My father drove a school bus when I was a kid, he once got out to walk some kindergarteners across the road, and he was nearly run down in the road. The lights were on, the driver just didn't want to stop. It happens far more than people think.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 12/28/13 - 04:01 pm
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The answer to all these prayers may to to train our kids.
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Now; parents, teach your childen about crossing the road. School, society, nor the police can not do it all for you. Had this young man known to look before he crossed all would be well. Lets all work to prevent this from happening again. All the stop signs, blinking lights and cross walk markings can not replace the human mind armed with eyes and knowledge. Do not let this tragidy go to waste by continuing to turn children loose in the street without training. I know, many will rage against me for this harsh post, but what do you hate more, me or a child run down? Our roads are the domain of motorized vehicles, not pedistrains, bicycles, golf carts or children, the law of physics can not be overturned by anyone here on earth, live with that!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/28/13 - 06:14 pm
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God bless
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Master Jaidyn Williams' soul and his family. I fail to sympathize with someone who pays no attention to school buses that are loading or unloading young People.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/28/13 - 07:06 pm
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Oh, I see, an 8 year old is

Oh, I see, an 8 year old is supposed to assume the responsibility that a 20 year old cannot.

The 8 year old was doing what he was supposed to be doing- crossing the street to the bus.

The 20 year old was in the wrong.

And it's stunning to me that you would blame the 8 year old.

How about parents teaching their children that when they are driving, they must stop for a school bus that has its lights flashing?

Pedestrians cross roads every day, it is beyond belief that you would blame the child.

I guess by your reasoning, if a pedestrian crosses the road at a green light, and a car runs the red light and hits the pedestrian, it's the pedestrian's fault, because they shouldn't have been crossing the street.

Who thinks like that?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/28/13 - 07:28 pm
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Dang Corgimom, NO ONE IS

Dang Corgimom, NO ONE IS BLAMING THE 8 YEAR OLD. Get the holier-than-thou chip off your shoulder, quit patting yourself on the back and one upping everything someone says or does.

What people are saying is this is a terrible tragedy for this family. They have lost their young son. People are compassionate enough to understand that the young man who hit and killed this child did not do this intentionally but he is to be held responsible.

People are saying that we need to teach our children - DO NOT CROSS THE ROAD UNTIL ALL VEHICLES HAVE COME TO A STOP. That is all oldredneckman is saying. Take this terrible accident and learn from it. People are distracted, in a hurry, and sometimes they don't see the flashing lights and red stop sign. Just like people pull out in front of motorcycles all the time. You look but your mind does not register.

No one is staying this young man should not be held accountable but if you can not have compassion for what his family is going through along with having sympathy and compassion for the family who lost their son, then I would NOT want to live in your skin or have your soul. Some people are so hard hearted it amazes me.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 12/28/13 - 07:50 pm
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In Christ Love
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Now, now we can say; Amen! thank you and I hope those who childern come home alive everyday say thank you to you.

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