Driver In Fatal Wreck Will Keep Driving

Driver In Fatal Wreck Will Keep Driving

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59 year old Maurice White was driving northbound on Schillinger Road when his pickup left the roadway and crashed into several cars sitting in the Wendy's parking lot. Sitting in one of those cars was 66-year-old Martha Hinton from Loxley. Though White bonded out of jail Wednesday night, he was present at a bond hearing today.

"We filed a motion for the defendant to be brought before the court and asked the court to impose any special conditions that the court felt necessary to insure the safety of the community while the defendant is on bond," says Assistant District Attorney Jill Phillips.

The judge ordered White not to drink alcohol at all until his arraignment. Judge George Hardesty also seemed to be impressed with the fact that White had never had any prior record or DUI related charges before now. White works two jobs and drives to both, but was willing to take a leave of absence if the judge decided to revoke his license. However, that was not the case.

"I think it speaks very good of Mr. White. A 59-year-old man working two jobs and supporting a family, he's got his family here with him. And when the court ordered him down here this morning, he got up, got down here immediately. He's going to abide by all rules and regulations they put on him," says defense attorney James Byrd.

White's attorney tells us White is under a doctor's care for high blood pressure and other things--he believes White had some kind of medical emergency and blacked out when the accident happened because he says his client "woke up" after the fact and didn't remember how he got there. White's arraignment is set for January 22.

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