Originally created 09/24/05

Death of hit-and-run victim could increase charge



A Martinez man could face a vehicular homicide charge after a man police say he hit while driving intoxicated died Friday morning.

Harendra Sinha, 63, of the 100 block of Springlakes Drive, died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital from injuries he sustained in the accident, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King said. An autopsy is scheduled for today at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Augusta, Mrs. King said.

Police say that on Aug. 29, Richard Kyle Post, 25, of the 4200 block of Green Ivy Circle, hit Mr. Sinha, who was riding a bicycle, and drove a mile with him lodged in the car's windshield before abandoning him behind an elementary school.

Mr. Post was charged with hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, serious injury by vehicle and false report of a crime, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. The serious injury by vehicle charge could be upgraded to another charge such as vehicular homicide, depending on the results of the autopsy, Capt. Morris said.

"No formal charges will be filed today," Capt. Morris said Friday. "Pending the results of the autopsy, a decision will be made as to what the charges will be upgraded to."

Capt. Morris said that at about 9 p.m. Aug. 29, police responded to a domestic dispute at the home of Mr. Post's parents, who were upset after their son had come home intoxicated. Police say Mr. Post left home again in his father's 1995 Honda Accord.

En route to the Green Ivy Circle home, police noticed a bicycle in the road that appeared to have been hit by a vehicle. At about the same time, Mr. Post called police from a gasoline station at Columbia and Flowing Wells Roads to say that he had been car jacked.

Mr. Post was being held Friday in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $113,000 bond, jail personnel said.

Reach Valerie Rowell at 868-1222, ext. 110, or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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