A tip from a resident led to an arrest after a motorcycle rider was hit and left to die in the road last month in North Charleston.
Police questioned Agustin Guzman-Medina, 29, of Jennifer Lane of Summerville on Tuesday after receiving the tip about the 2002 Chevrolet Express van that struck and killed Richard Martin, 28, of Summerville, according to the arrest affidavit. Guzman-Medina then admitted that he was the one driving the van, according to investigators.
The penalty for leaving the scene of a collision involving death is at least a year and up to 25 years and a fine of at least $10,000 and up to $25,000.
Guzman-Medina’s bail was set at $275,000 Wednesday. He told a judge he is not a U.S. citizen and was working construction. He was not asked if he had valid documents to work here. He is being held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to jail records.
North Charleston Police Victim’s Advocate Jessica Rodriguez read a lengthy statement from Martin’s family before the judge set bail, with a translator repeating each phrase in Spanish. Guzman-Medina, visible in the courtroom on a television monitor, hung his head while several family members standing up front wept.
“You took the life of a son, brother, grandson, uncle, best friend and, most importantly, a father. You took the one thing that a 7-year-old little boy loved and adored most in this world, his father. ... You could have chosen to stop and help Richie as he lay there on the street, but instead you left him there, thinking only of yourself as you drove away.”
The fatal collision occurred just before 7 p.m. Jan. 20 on U.S. Highway 78 at the entrance to Plantation Acres Mobile Home Park. The van turned left and hit the motorcycle, according to police. Martin was wearing a helmet.
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