Driver suspected in Pine Hills fatal hit-and-run turns self in
Updated On: Jun 17 2014 04:31:11 PM EDT
The driver troopers say was involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed two women in Pine Hills appeared in court on Tuesday after turning himself in on Monday.
Troopers issued an arrest warrant on vehicular homicide charges and leaving the scene of a crash involving death charges for Brye Jenkins, 23, after they say he ran a red light through an intersection on Balboa Drive June 1, crashing into another car.
Jenkins turned himself into the Orange County Jail on Monday just before 5:30 p.m. A judge gave Jenkins $25,000 bond at his first appearance Tuesday morning.
"God is in control," Jenkins said as he was brought into the jail with his pastor, who says Jenkins called him Monday morning and said he didn't want to hide anymore.
"I told him I said, 'The right thing to do is to turn yourself in,'" said Rev. Jake Stovall. "I said, 'You cannot run, it ain't good to run.'"
The crash killed the driver of the other vehicle, 53-year-old Veronica Williams and Williams' passenger, her neighbor, 78-year-old Bessie Anderson.
Jenkins' girlfriend, Shane Joseph, was taken into custody last week on charges of lying to troopers. FHP said that Joseph said she didn't know the driver who ran off after crashing their car into another vehicle.
Local 6 has learned Jenkins will have his first appearance in court Tuesday.
James Williams and his family released the following statement Monday night:
"Regarding today's news update surrounding my wife's fatal incident, as a family we are very relieved that the primary suspect has made the decision to do what is right, by turning himself into local law enforcement. We are grateful to begin to rest peacefully knowing now that the journey for justice can continue without any further delay.
"To this resolve, we trust that the judicial system will carefully consider all the facts in the investigation concerning the suspect and any other accomplices involved by determining a charge of guilt or innocence in this specific case surrounding the murder of my wife, Veronica Williams.
"Again, as I am able and ready to do so, I will be sure to make contact with the appropriate persons at a later date to further discuss the details surrounding the fatal incident.
"Thank you so very much for honoring our wishes and supporting me and the family during this time."
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