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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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happychimer
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happychimer 12/28/13 - 08:45 pm
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Brad Owens said it right! All

Brad Owens said it right! 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.
I am not surprised to see so many taking up for the driver who killed that precious child. It's a regular thing on here. Y'all will continue taking up for the criminal till you become a victim, and then you will sing a different tune.

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corgimom 12/28/13 - 08:54 pm
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Yeah, if it had been their

Yeah, if it had been their child or their friends' child, they wouldn't be saying the same thing.

Or if the man that had hit them had been black and from East Augusta, they wouldn't be so compassionate.

Too many people see that man and think "oh, that could be my (son, nephew, boyfriend, cousin, etc.) and that's why they make excuses.

As a mother and a grandmother, I think of that CHILD and say "That could be my grandchild" and my blood runs cold just to think of it.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/28/13 - 09:06 pm
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I'm beginning to think at

I'm beginning to think at least two people have dipped into the eggnog too much at Christmas.

Happychimer or Corgimon, please show us where anyone has made excuses, taken up for the driver or blamed the deceased child????

Where???

Take the time to slowly read these comments with an open mind (and I'd say an open heart but that would be impossible for either of you) and see what has really been written.

Likewise Corgimom, if it was your child who struck this 8 year old, I suppose you'd kick him to the curb and disown him as your child. Real sweethearts you guys are.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/28/13 - 09:09 pm
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ICL you a sweetheart. yeah.

ICL you a sweetheart. yeah. You make me laugh. an open heart? now that's a good one. I am out of here. The air stinks.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/28/13 - 09:19 pm
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Can't answer the question

Can't answer the question happychimer? Typical when people can't back up their accusations, they just turn tail and run.

As for the air stinks, can of air freshener might help your surroundings.

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 12/28/13 - 09:32 pm
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Another school bus tragedy

Wasn't there another school bus loading accident in either Lincolnton or Thompson within the last year or so? Guy in pickup hit a child crossing to board school bus.
Tried to find story in AC with no luck.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/28/13 - 10:50 pm
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Just like Augusta, so many

Just like Augusta, so many people assume just because an arrest has been made, the person has to be guilty as charged. If that is true, why bother with courts of law?

truthfinder
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truthfinder 12/29/13 - 09:17 am
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Can you imagine?

Life with Corgimom must be SUCH a joy. Any imperfection, fault, or transgression and BAM! Off with your head, no discussion.

Darby
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Darby 12/29/13 - 06:21 pm
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truthfinder...

That's why I blocked her earlier in the year. It seemed to me that even when she and I agreed on something, she'd find a way to become argumentative about it.

Too much for me.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/29/13 - 08:12 pm
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Autumn Leaves, oh, I don't

Autumn Leaves, oh, I don't know, maybe because the child died directly from being hit by the car?

corgimom
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corgimom 12/29/13 - 08:20 pm
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Sorry, I have no patience for

Sorry, I have no patience for people that run a child down in the street.

And I don't apologize for that, ever.

There is no excuse, ever, for ignoring a school bus with flashing lights. I don't think there's anything that's so important that you can't stop for a few minutes.

Now, if the rest of you are ok with that, that's your choice.

But that child's family will have to live with their child's death for the rest of their life. Their family is destroyed forever.

The man that hit him- he'll go to prison for awhile, get out, and then pick up where he left off. He'll get married, most likely, and then have children of his own. His life will go on. His family will come visit him in prison, they can call him, he can write to them.

That baby and those parents won't ever have that option.

Those parents will now have a grave in a cemetery. That'll be their contact with their child.

And this happened because of WHAT? To get somewhere 5 minutes quicker?

No, I'm not ok with people deliberately breaking the law. And if the rest of you are, that's great.

You choose to break the law, you choose the consequences.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/29/13 - 09:48 pm
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Then let's just do away with

Then let's just do away with the courts and juries because what is in the above article and reported by miscellaneous witnesses from various sources are all gospel truth and can be relied on as credible evidence, right? There are absolutely no other factors to consider just because they are not in any of the sources presently at our disposal? So we can do away with accident scene reconstruction, too, while we're at it, since you know exactly what happened, so you can just take over their job, too, what they do is superfluous, I suppose. After all, you've already determined the guy is guilty as charged, so what is the point of all that technical bother? Let's just delete this guy from the human race, too, and not even try to find out what really happened. A child is dead; is this man to be held accountable for it? Let the law sort it out. How many times have we found that things are not as they seem? The child is dead, a family is in mourning. Should we compound the tragedy by destroying a person in the court of public opinion without full knowledge of the facts involved? No one wants anyone to run past a school bus. No one is okay with a child getting hit by a bus, and I suspect that man did not set out that day intending to pass a school bus. I'm not even okay with people switching lanes without using their blinkers, because it is an indicator that they are not paying attention to what they are doing. If you do not abide by the law, yes there are consequences. But that includes abiding by the law in implementing, or not, those consequences.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/30/13 - 05:53 am
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This isn't about whether the

This isn't about whether the young man driving the vehicle is guilty or not. This is about having enough loving compassion to feel sympathy for both families. That is the bottom line, and evidently some people only have enough compassion for one person at a time and that is sad. As Corgimom loves to quote, she is a Christian, but when it comes to following the teachings of Christ about love and forgiveness, she sure looks the other way. Having compassion does not mean you do not hold a person responsible, having compassion does not mean you think the other person is innocent. Having compassion not only for the family who lost their son, but also for the family who's son is responsible and dealing with the legal difficulties is not wrong.

I suppose Corgimom never heard of the prodigal son. I suppose Corgimom never heard of the biblical Saul whom Jesus not only forgave but made him one of Jesus' major apostles. Both suffered for their choices in life but Christ had compassion.......should we as Christians do any less.

My condolences to the Williams family. My prayer is that God will uphold you, give you the strength needed to get through this sorrowful time..

My sympathy to Scott and the Hancock family. May God give you strength to endure this situation.

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bus driver 12/30/13 - 07:34 am
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people

Well I know this much that after the morning he was hit I thought that people would start paying more attention to us school bus drivers but I was wrong. The Thursday after that I was stopped loading about 10 students in Ridge Crossing & I had a female driver come from behind me and I started blowing my horn from the minute I saw here till she ran BOTH of my stop signs on my bus and she kept going till she got to the next stop sign and continued on. I thank God that all of my kids are loaded on the door side even in a neighborhood. There was three parents out there that also saw this.

People run both of my signs all the time. You are all in just to big of hurry and don't care!!!!

All of my kids on bus are like my children I do not know what I would do if you hit one.

PLEASE SLOW DOWN!!!! before we loose another child!!!!!

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Marinerman1 12/30/13 - 02:21 pm
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Sorry CG and Brad

Unless Scott Hancock is an innate cold blooded killer (which I have no belief that he is), he will NEVER be the same. He will NOT "get out, and then pick up where he left off". While an accident happened, a child was killed, that is fact. But to insinuate that he will merrily go on his way, or to say that we are giving too much "compassion", is wrong. I have yet to hear the official details of what happened, based upon the official investigation -- only the charges. Why the Sheriff's Office has not provided an update is beyond me.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/30/13 - 02:49 pm
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The sheriff's plan will cut

The sheriff's plan will cut back on people passing stopped school buses. Officers will be riding buses, watching for violators. If you are one who defends one who passes a stopped school bus, then you are probably one of those who has no respect for the law.

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Bizkit 12/30/13 - 03:00 pm
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This is an awful story. It is

This is an awful story. It is one of those stories that makes you wonder-if it were your child. I really believe in non-violence and peaceful alternatives-but I am afraid of a "temporary insanity" that would be quiet violent against the 20 year old if it had been my child hit-but then I would be a killer too no different than he in disregard for the law. Just no good answers. I pray for all involved.

David Parker
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David Parker 12/30/13 - 05:21 pm
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Yeah, to heck with all the emo folks.

Based on the expertise shown here, we can forgo the trial and get the sentencing expedited.

Obviously, no unknown variable could have been in play since so many of yall were there and saw every angle at each moment that transpired. Give it a rest please. We just want the truth to come out and we also accept that sometimes the truth ain't as exciting as "vehicular homicide", which may very well be appropriate. I just don't know. Good Grief yall.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/30/13 - 08:57 pm
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"If you are one who defends

"If you are one who defends one who passes a stopped school bus"

Who on here has defended someone who has passes a stopped school bus? No one that I know of.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/30/13 - 09:35 pm
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The killer passed the stopped

The killer passed the stopped school bus, and most are taking up for him. I don't know what you call it, but I call it defending him.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/31/13 - 09:23 pm
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Really happychimer? Asking

Really happychimer? Asking for sympathy for what his family is going through is taking up for him? Seriously? That's defending him? How so?

I don't think so. No one has said he should not be held responsible for his mistake but likewise there is nothing wrong with having a heart and feeling for this family as well as the family that loss their son.

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