Ruthie Wright wept after a bond court hearing Friday.
“She left my child to die,” Wright said of the woman charged in a hit-and-run accident that critically injured her son.
Charleston County Magistrate Linda Lombard set bail at $10,405, which Wright said was too low. At first, Lombard set it at $50,000, but then she said she had made a mistake and was required by law to set the lesser amount.
“I think that’s a very low bond. He could have died in that ditch,” said Delhman Drayton, who identified himself as a brother of the victim.
Pastor Brooks Harrison consoled the family.
“Whether she is in jail or not is no difference. The main thing is they got the person. She’s not off the hook,” Harrison said to them.
Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Terrell Wright, 29, of Magnolia Road was riding his bicycle in the bike lane of S.C. Highway 61 northbound near Sheldon Road when he was struck by Katherine Anne Mosson’s 2005 Honda Accord EX, police said.
The vehicle quickly sped from the scene, leaving Wright unconscious on the road, police said. He remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at Medical University Hospital, officials said.
Relatives who gathered outside bond court after the hearing said Wright has a blood clot on the brain, broken bones and is on a ventilator so he can breathe.
Mosson, 26, of Double Fox Road in Charleston, is charged with leaving the scene of a collision with injuries, and improper lane change, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Lombard set $113 bail on the lesser charge.
Investigators found black and green plastic pieces at the scene that appeared to come from the suspect’s fender.
Mosson surrendered to police Friday morning, Francis said.
She appeared in bond court via video teleconferencing from the Charleston County jail. Mosson answered Lombard’s questions but said nothing else.
Her attorney, David Aylor, told Lombard that Mosson is a College of Charleston graduate with no prior arrest record who works for a local distributing company.
Aylor asked for a reasonable bail amount, noting that she had cooperated with police. He expressed empathy for the suffering of the victim and family.
“This is a serious tragedy,” he said.