Bond set for hit-and-run suspect

A $10,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly struck another man with a car Monday, then left the scene.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Daron Richardson, 36, with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death, a felony.

Detective Lt. Terry Hopson said in a probable cause affidavit that Galen Taylor was walking north in the southbound lane of U.S .79 (right lane) and was struck by a car driven by Richardson that was in the right lane.

After the vehicle struck Taylor, the affidavit said he went over the hood of the vehicle, hit the windshield, then fell back on the roadway.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said that after the accident, Richardson left the scene and drove to an apartment complex on Sulphur Springs Road where he left the car and called for a ride.

Hopson said in the affidavit that Richardson called the owner of the car about an hour later to tell them where the car was parked.

Achorn said Richardson was arrested about two hours after the incident walking in the area of West 18th Avenue and Hickory Street, and taken to the adult detention center where a breath alcohol test was performed.

According to Hopson, the result of that test was a .199. In Arkansas, .08 and above is considered legally intoxicated.

When Richardson was interviewed by police, he reportedly admitted striking Taylor, and said he “left the scene because he was scared.”

Taylor initially was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, and was transferred to a Little Rock hospital. His condition was not available.

Richardson also was charged with misdemeanor DWI.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Richardson, and told him to come back to court July 11.