The case against a Lilburn man accused in last week’s hit-and-run accident that claimed the lives of a mother and her 6-year-old daughter along Lawrenceville Highway will move forward.
Spencer Prigmore, 43, pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and hit-and-run. The judge dismissed the charge of DUI, for now, pending the outcome of blood tests.
Prigmore’s attorney Tom West says the accident was a result of his collision with another vehicle moments before he hit Maria Maldonado and her daughter Melissa Cervantes.
“When he hit the curb, the airbag comes out and you can imagine what affect that would have with your ability to steer ... and apparently the drive shaft was broken at some point,” he says.
West maintains his client did not flee the scene but stopped his truck as soon as he could, parking in front of a business about 900 feet away. He says Prigmore was distraught over hitting the two.
“It was just a tragic accident, unfortunately the people were killed, and I guess the judge thought it was a serious enough case that it needed to go forward on some level,” says West.
Bond was denied in the case.
Following the hearing, Prigmore’s mother and the sister and aunt of the victims hugged one another.