Driver charged in MLK Blvd. fatal hit-and-run pleads not guilty in court

Driver charged in Saturday’s fatal hit-and-run pleads not guilty
Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 10:07 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2017 at 11:15 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The woman accused in a deadly hit-and-run accident pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday, March 8.

Jovonne Williams, 36, is accused of driving one of the vehicles that killed 35-year-old Kassandra "Kassie" Hollinhead.

Police say Hollinhead was hit by a car Saturday night while crossing the road at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Murray Street.

After she was hit by the first car, Hollinhead was tossed into the opposing traffic lane, where police say she was hit a second time by an SUV driven by Williams. The driver of the first car stopped after hitting Hollinhead, but Williams did not.

Williams is facing charges of vehicular homicide charges and driving with a suspended license, among others.

Her bond was set at $16,550 total – $10,000 for homicide by vehicle, $5,000 for leaving, and $1,550 for the remaining charges.

Her case has bound over to Superior Court.

Although she didn't speak, her attorney, William Kendrick had much to say on her behalf.

Before the judge, Kendrick presenting the argument that his client should not be charged with vehicular homicide, recreating the accident scene from Saturday night.

"No one expects that a person is going to fly through the air and land in front of their car. So, that's what we are talking about as far as causation issues with the case," said William Kendrick, Attorney for Javonne Williams.

Her attorney says he does not believe that the second hit is the direct result in Hollinhead's death. However, he is not ruling out other charges Williams may face.

"Leaving the scene, wrong, bad. You know these things. I'm not trying to argue for her on that behalf. She earned those charges. But homicide by vehicle requires that she caused the accident." that caused the death," said Kendrick.

As of now, the driver of the first car involved in the accident isn't facing any charges.

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